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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Emergency Crews May Fall In Love With LuboCollar

(Image Credit: Israel 21st Century)

As anyone who has ever taken CPR knows, when it comes to a person injured through severe trauma (like say a car accident), keeping their neck still is one of the most important things you can do.

Unfortunately keeping a person's head in a position so that they can breathe can be difficult (especially if their neck is hurt), although it seems that a new Israel invention may hopefully change all of that.

(Israel 21st Century) For the first time, however, an Israeli physician has developed a device that both protects the neck by restricting the movement of the head relative to the rest of the body and also maintains an open airway in a non-invasive, simple and quick manner.

The LuboCollar, named after its inventor Dr. Omri Lubovsky and his sister Michal Peleg-Lubovsky, "has the ability to save lives and will certainly cut down on the number of emergency intubations currently performed by emergency aid personnel," says Lubovsky, a physician in the department of orthopedic surgery at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem.

Previously a qualified medical professional had to insert a tube (a process called intubation) through the mouth, which is probably the last thing a paramedic wants to waste time with while rushing someone to the hospital (especially if they were fine before their neck had to be "stabilized").

This LuboCollar could help not only insure that a patient's neck remains undisturbed, but allow the patient to have an open passageway for their throat. This is good news for ambulance crews as LuboCollar could potentially lower the amount of people who die en route to a hospital from neck (or spinal) injuries).

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