Honorable Mention Temporary Medical Tattoo
The Temporary Medical Tattoo is a Class II service enabling patients with end stage renal disease to experience hemodialysis treatment with fewer needle 'mis-sticks' and accelerated training time, reducing the fear and impact of therapy on the patient and caregivers. Produced for each patient's unique vein pattern, the temporary medical tattoo service addresses diafysis access, including design targets 2, 4, and 5 (biocompatible materials, lowers incidence of infection, and patient-friendfy). It is composed of low-cost maÂterials and a mass-produced customization process that affords the temporary medÂical tattoos to be deployable to a multitude of at-risk populations, including develÂoped and emerging medical communities, in-clinic or at-home, and across a specÂtrum of skin tones.
The Temporary Medical Tattoo consists of: A) real-time infrared vein mapÂping hardware and software; B) indelible stains resistant to clinical washing; and C) an inkjet printer-compatible cannulation "key'' process producing vein "guides" transferable onto a patient near the cannulation site.
Developed to requirements documented via clinical observations and interÂviews with patients, caregivers, and physicians, an end-to-end prototype has been demonstrated.