CLEVERSCOPE: device to transform a conventional laryngoscope into a videolaryngoscope
The Medical Research
Institute Hospital La Fe and the Plastics Technology Centre have developed a
device that can transform a conventional laryngoscope into a video
The device is a low weight and volume plastic piece, which can be fastened to
the distal end of the blade of any laryngoscope. Its features allow high
The device has been made with plastic materials with specific elastic
properties that allow its adaptation to any model and size of a laryngoscope
blade Macintosh type (the blade most commonly used in hospitals). The design
allows its insertion into different devices to obtain a continuous image of the
airway during direct laryngoscopy, transforming a regular laryngoscope into a
video laryngoscope. The fastening system is nearly perfect, and positioning the
imaging system used in the right place, increases the ease and convenience of
use and the success rate in the visualization of the glottis (which facilitates
The new device would make a most affordable videolaryngoscope because the acquisition costs are reduced and it can be used with other existing technologies in hospitals as fiberscopes, videoscopic towers or a low cost micro usb connected to mobile devices (Smartphone, Tablet, laptop, micropc…)
Biomedicine sector. At hospital or non-hospital area,
professionals who require to secure the airway by endotracheal intubation.
Professionals who usually perform tracheal intubations
are: Doctors Anesthesiologists (surgery room), intensive care physicians (in
any ICU), emergency physicians (Medical emergencies, Municipal Emergency
Assistance and Rescue Service) ...
Technical advantages and business benefits
Potential sales volume.
An average of 9 anesthesia per
100 inhabitants are performed in Spain (47 mill. Inhabitants) Therefor
4,100,000 anesthesia are performed annually. These situations are potential
situations where the device could be used.
In Spain there are 787 public and
private hospitals (2014).
A tertiary hospital performs an
average of 15,000 tracheal intubations per year (depending on hospital size).
Low cost of production with large profit margin per unit.
Current videolaryngoscopes have
very high prices from 1500 to 14.000euros. The production cost of the device
would be so low that would compete directly with them also getting a great
Scalability of the product.
Sales can be diversified with different options based
on the same product, the device alone for fiberscopes, the embedded device with
a low cost system or the embedded device with high quality video system.
Allowing each user to adapt the device to his necessities. The device, due to
its characteristics, could be exported to emerging countries, or with a low
income per capita due to its low cost.
This device has protection as
a utility model.
Registration number: U201630976
Priority Date: July 28, 2016
Company willing to sign a
license agreement to develop the product, the company should assume production
and obtain the CE mark for further marketing and distribution.