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Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” E-Motion Medical goes further: Thy food is thy medicine only if you can swallow it and keep it down.
To ensure patients get the nutrition they need to heal, E-Motion Medical set out in 2011 to create the first restorative therapy for digestive dysmotility. See their website: http://medgroup.biz/Emotion-Medical
A healthy person swallows food through the esophagus to the stomach where it gets pushed down to the intestine for digestion. But millions of patients worldwide suffer from impaired digestive (or GI) motility and are unable to swallow properly.
Bed-ridden patients are sedentary and when they get medication, their digestive movement is slowed down further. Such GI stasis can bring on catabolism and immune deficiency, which impacts physical function, extends lengths of stay, and increases cost of care. Proper nutrition is key to healing.
Michael Schumacher, a seven-time Formula One world champion, suffered traumatic injuries while skiing in December 2013. Within a couple months his athletic 165-pound build dropped to under 100 pounds due to lack of nutrition, leaving him with very little physical function.
The E-Motion System stimulates contractions in the esophagus which “turns on” the entire digestive system, neurally connected throughout its length. By doing so, the E-Motion System can improve nutritional intake, facilitate better and faster recovery, and alleviate the workload in the ICU – and beyond.
The E-Motion System has two components: a stimulation generator which creates electrical patterns and applies them to the esophagus by the electrode-fitted nasogastric applicator. In layman’s terms, the E-Motion System makes sure the esophagus functions so the food does not come up but gets pushed down to the intestine.
This video explains it: http://medgroup.biz/Emotion-video
Today’s feeding techniques involve a lot of hope – you put food down the tube and hope it is pushed down the gut to get absorbed. But those with nutritional intolerance (up to 60% in ICU) may regurgitate and aspirate the content, which may precipitate ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).
To many in the healthcare system, VAP (250,000 cases in the US alone at $20,000 per case) is a scary event with very high mortality, so to be on the “safe side” ICU staff may feed less than the patient actually needs.
But there’s a correlation between malnutrition and morbidity. Various journals publish studies showing 10% or more increased survival rate among early and adequately fed patients versus later, underfed ones.
So “being on the safe side” isn’t so safe, is it?
E-Motion Medical plans to roll out its technology into Intensive Care Units (ICUs) first. Later targets include geriatric and post-stroke patients, a widely growing population due to longer life spans.
Another future market is the neonatal ICUs, where premature babies aren’t adequately fed because their digestive system is not yet moving. Digestive motility therapy can “jump start” the gut for these helpless babies and make a tremendous difference.
What do you think of E-Motion Medical’s technology? Are you aware of anything competitive to this concept?
What suggestions do you have to help them gain adoption, once they access the market?
Discover E-Motion Medical at http://medgroup.biz/Emotion-Medical or reach CEO Amichay Gross at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amichay/
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Sounds like now you are pushing it down the gut and hoping it gets absorbed. Does the company have data on what percent of nutritional impairment in bedridden patients is due solely to impaired motility in the GI tract? Does the risk analysis address the risks associated with pushing it down the gut into a stomach and intestine that cannot absorb it?
Dave Knibbe, Ph.D.
My professional practice is limited to assessing, training, and developing leaders and staff (medical, scientific, technical, & engineering) who work for medical device, pharma, and other life sciences companies. So I am able to share best practices and other lessons learned in working with thousands over the span of my practice and university teaching career.
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