Illuminating the Issue
We are seeking new ideas to improve stoma management and the quality of life for patients who have undergone colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy procedures. Our Innovation Search coincides with March’s National Colorectal Cancer Month as ostomy procedures are common in patients who have undergone surgery due to colorectal cancer.
An ostomy is a surgically-created opening in an organ of the body. In the case of our search, an ostomy refers to an artificial opening in the abdomen designed for waste elimination following colostomies, ileostomies or urostomies. Patients who have had surgery to treat conditions and diseases such as colorectal cancer, bowel cancer, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis and ulcerative colitis may require a colostomy or ileostomy after surgery to aid in solid waste elimination. Patients who have had surgery to treat conditions and diseases such as bladder cancer, obstruction or trauma may require a urostomy, designed for urine elimination.
Surgeons create the ostomy in the abdomen and form a stoma through which body waste is eliminated. The waste is then collected in a pouch fitted to each patient The pouch must be worn continuously and emptied multiple times each day.
Regardless of the type of procedure, living with a stoma can present various challenges for patients, such as:
- Appliance leaks
- Skin complications (from irritations resulting from waste coming in contact with skin)
- Difficulty removing the pouch
- Ill-fitting pouches
In fact, one study found that 63 percent of participants experienced skin complications despite the fact that they were evaluated at regular intervals by a specialized nurse while another found that 73 percent of people with a stoma experienced skin problems, and more than two-thirds tried to resolve these issues without nurse involvement.
Various accessories can be used for improving the function of the different pouching systems:
- Ostomy belts
- Pouch covers
- Skin barriers
Do you have a BRIGHT new idea to help people living with stomas? If so, we want to hear it!
Your submission should be unique so that it’s protectable, although having an existing patent is not necessary. Tell us the highlights, but don’t forget the details. Simply fill out our confidential and secure online submission form. Upload images, sketches and video if possible, since this helps our evaluation team to better envision your idea. Please limit any videos to two minutes or less. Innovations could include, but are certainly not limited to, items that address any of the aforementioned challenges, the pouches and/or any of the accessories.
Innovators may submit ideas confidentially and securely at www.EdisonNationMedical.com/StomaMgmt through April 14, 2014.
Our product development and medical review experts will review all submissions. The best and brightest may be designed, developed and licensed by Edison Nation Medical. Licensed ideas will receive a $2,500 minimum advance on 20 years percentage of sales or buyout. We split the licensing royalties 50/50 with inventors on successfully licensed products.
The fee for each submission is $25 for general members and $20 for Edison Nation Medical Insiders.
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Simply tell your invention’s story through our secure Innovation Search system. Our team reviews each idea and narrows the submissions down to the finalists, which are presented to the search sponsor.
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