In November 2011, the MEDICA Excellence Award was presented at the world’s largest medical technology trade fair – MEDICA. RAUMEDIC, together with the Saarland University Medical Centre, is in the category “Excellence in daily practise”. Both were awarded for the jointly developed telemetry system. The prize money of €5,000 is being donated to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Spina Bifida und Hydrocephalus e.V. (ASBH).
It quickly became clear to the winners that the prize money would be donated to a facility that is involved in meeting the needs of hydrocephalus patients and works towards improving the quality of life for the patients. To this end, contact was made with the German Federal ASBH Association in Dortmund before Christmas 2011. “The RAUMEDIC AG phone call towards the end of the year was an unexpected Christmas present and we are delighted to receive it”, declared Ilona Schlegel, Executive Director of the ASBH.
The ASBH is a nationwide self-help organisation that has been assisting those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, their relatives and friends for 40 years. Today, good patient-centred care and targeted training enable those affected to lead a largely self-determined life. The ASBH supports children and adults with a large network of regional support centres. More than 70 local self-help groups offer the possibility of getting or exchanging information and of campaigning.
The RAUMEDIC AG and Saarland University Medical Centre donation will primarily help the ASBH to continue their work with hydrocephalus in 2012. This means that supporting events such as the symposium for adults, independence training for children and young people, training for contact persons and the article “About Hydrocephalus” in the association journal “ASBH-Brief” (ASBH Letter) can be promoted effectively.
RAUMEDIC developed the telemetry system in collaboration with highly-qualified industry partners, such as the Telid RFID System from MicroSensys, with the team of neurosurgeons at the Homburg/Saar University Medical Center led by Prof. Steudel and with the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering at RWTH Aachen led by Prof. Leonhardt. The telemetry system represents a completely new approach in assessing cranial pressure for patients with hydrocephalus syndrome. It is the world’s first wireless ICP pressure measurement system allowing, for the first time, intracranial pressure to be measured on mobile patients. Specifications pulled from the database, built from information from all “circumstances of life”, provide a successful and lasting course of therapy for hydrocephalus.
This new technology spares the hydrocephalus patient from staying in hospital over longer periods as well as from undergoing additional operations or being exposed to radiation. This significantly increases the patients’ quality of life. This is one point that was of particular importance to Ms Schlegel from the ASBH: “The announcement by RAUMEDIC is not only a gift from a financial point of view, but also because innovative medical technology can provide enormous improvements for parents and people with hydrocephalus”.