Hearing aid batteries
Patient health monitor
Probes and scanners
Dementia patient support GPS
As discussed above, pacemakers are one of the areas that NDB is expected to excel in due to its long-lasting nature. This is because the currently available line of pacemakers is based around lithium battery. In other words, it requires wireless charging and heavy metal nuclear material such as plutonium.
Where the former has the shortfall of frequent recharge requirement and short device lifetime. On the other hand, the latter fell out of favor due to the patient concern for radioactive safety.
However, NDB will be able to address the former. Where the patient no longer has to worry about recharging the pacemaker due to its long half-life. In addition, NDB is able to address the issue found in the latter. Since NDB has a layer of native radiation absorber integrated into its structure to prevent radiation leak.
According to the figures presented by the World Health Organisation. It is known that globally 360 million people live with some degree of hearing loss. A figure that amounts to 5.3% of the world population.
Among one of the common complaints heard from the patients is the constant need for Hearing aid batteries replacement. Where in many cases the Hearing aid batteries will only last 3-4 days before it needs to be replaced.
Therefore resulting in a sizeable cost for the patients. Particularly in the poorer region of the world. As well as the inconvenience of periodic upkeep to maintain such an essential need. Therefore with the help of NDB, a perpetual source of electricity the patients could be free of the inconvenience of having to need to replace Hearing aid batteries.
Almost all patients admitted to a hospital will have their vital signs examined. Ranging from blood pressure to heart rate, these vital signs are constantly examined by nurses for each patient regularly.
Recent innovations such as the plaster-like disposable patient monitoring system (such as those being developed by GE) can automate this process. Therefore the future of frontline healthcare is increasingly heading towards smart technologies.
However, another use of this technology is as an emergency notification system. Where if the patient were to suffer a heart attack the irregularities in the vital signs could be flagged and a rescue call could be made automatically.
However, for this to be viable constant monitoring of the patient’s vital signs are required. Therefore a perpetual source of electricity is desirable, an area NDB excels at.
Notably, recent innovations such as the portable ultrasound diagnosis tools are being considered as a frontline option for quick diagnosis.
This doesn’t just apply to the military, however. Since the application could just as viably be used in poorer regions such as parts of Africa. Where they don’t have access to medical facilities.
Because in these regions where medical equipment is scarce. On the whole they are known to use the same technology for an incredibly long time through repair and maintenance.
Since in these regions finding a steady supply of electricity could also be difficult. Consequently, NDB, a robust and long-lasting technology that supplied electricity will fit well for this environment.
Prosthetics has a surprisingly long history with its origin in imitation of extremities such as hands and feet to a more functional design such as a hook.
In recent years however substantial improvements have been made aided by the benefit of the digital revolution where the prosthetics are becoming more functional than ever before.
In many cases the high-end prosthetics while they are still not in line with an actual body part are becoming increasingly similar in performance and dexterity.
It does, however, have one caveat, it requires electricity. Since modern prosthetics that can perform basic functions such as holding onto an object require motors and actuator to intricately coordinate its motion.
The user/patient is required to charge the prosthetics battery regularly. NDB being a perpetual source of electricity will be able to supply the charge required freeing the user from the inconvenience.
The latest innovation, Lab-on-a-chip is a device whereby applying a drop of blood on a USB key like analysis kit. A patient in a remote location could have their conditions examined.
This technology is seen as being promising in elderly care where the patients may not find it easy to visit the local hospital or clinic as well as rural areas in poorer nations where access to a hospital may be limited.
The analysis requires electricity and in the case of elderly care where they likely have access to a computer, this may be of no issue. However, in environments such as rural areas in poorer nations and for soldiers in inhospitable regions having an inbuilt battery is crucial and is likely to benefit from the NDB.
One of the latest medical concerns that are repeatedly hitting headlines is dementia care. With the increased life expectancy and growing elderly population. Dementia is fast becoming one of the most urgent topics of our lifetime.
One of the main concerns of dementia is the fact that the patient could wander off unsupervised and be lost and be unable to return due to their conditions. Carers of dementia patients often request permission from authorities to place a GPS tag onto the patient so they could be brought back to safety swiftly.
Due to the nature of the condition, it is difficult to predict when the patient may become lost and thus a rechargeable battery-based GPS which cannot be worn by the patient when recharging is not ideal as a solution. NDB on the other hand which does not have a recharge period is expected to provide a solution to the matter.