More than 500 people die each day from pulmonary embolisms. Something one local company says they can prevent with their new invention.
Matt Mayer is a man with a shoe. "A cheaper better way to prevent DVT's than currently available on the market," says, Mayer. A shoe that prevents deep vein thrombosis (dvt's) or blood clots, usually found in the legs. He calls it the Frogg Dynamic Compression System.
"There is 546 people who die every day as a result of a pulmonary embolism caused by a DVT. In fact more people die from DVT's, RPE's than Aids and breast cancer combined." Mayer is part of Mayer Medial , the team that invented the shoe to replace 20 year old equipment that squeezes the foot to move blood through the leg. Mayer says of the old equipment, "It sounded like a swoosh noise, it comes in it would keep patients up at night its uncomfortable."
It was also connected to pumps which posed a tripping hazard. "One hospital we talked to actually had a death as a result of that," says Mayer. The new shoe pushes a pad into the arch of the foot every 30 seconds, moving a large amount of blood through the legs.
"It actually feels like a massage on the bottom of your foot," says, Mayer. The movement keeps blood flowing through the legs and preventing dangerous blood clots. But the key to the new design is that the whole thing fits into the bottom of a shoe. A show that can be worn anywhere. Mayer says, "this allows you to get up and walk around you can go to the bathroom you can go to walk around the hospital."
Mayer says in a ten year span the shoe could save 40 to 70,000 lives.
Mayer says, "shoot if we save one or two lives as a result of our product we'll be pretty pleased."
The final version of the shoe debuts next week. The shoe is set for clinical trials at St. Mary's in a couple months. It will also have a monitoring device to collect data from the patients.