We need to pay more attention to patients' experience at home after major surgeries

My name is Esra and I am the co-founder of SOMAVAC Medical. Together with Josh, we are motivated to create solutions that make patients' lives better at home after major surgeries. Why? Thirty years ago patients were discharged to home on average at 9 days after surgeries. Nowadays, this number is reduced to 4.8 days. This reduction helps to minimize hospital acquired conditions and makes patients happier overall. But, one unseen aspect of this is that patients are discharged to home with devices that are meant to be used in the hospitals. One glaring example of this is the JP Drain, a post-surgical fluid drainage device that is clearly difficult to manage by patients. They are asked to collect, measure, record, and dispose their drainage for multiple weeks.  The decision as to when the drains come out depends heavily on the accuracy of patient-reported daily amounts of collected fluid. Patients' desire to have the drains removed as quickly as possible and their self-reporting clearly creates a conflict. When I heard this, it was clear that there was an opportunity to help more than a half million patients in the US alone who go home with these drains. As a biomedical engineer, I think it is important for us to consider creating easy to use post-surgical devices for patients to use at home, because, a significant portion of the recovery now takes place at home and not in the hospital.  

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