THE CHALLENGE

Make post-op veterinary care less intrusive 

and more cost-effective.

Context

After surgical procedures, veterinarians bandage treated limbs with layers of gauze wraps and splinting materials to protect the healing wound.

 

The resulting bundle can cause further injury by impairing the pet’s ability to walk, and requires regular removal and replacement for inspection - a time consuming process which risks re-injury.

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This is Sparky.

Sparky is a Springer Spaniel I lived with while studying abroad at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She returned from the vet one day with a leg covered in elastic bandages, and had a hard time climbing the steps to our front door.

The problem with post-op veterinary care.

Dr. Laura Cuddy

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Veterinary 
Surgeon

University College, Dublin

ACCORDING TO
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Gauze bandages

WASTED MATERIALS

Large quantities of gauze bandages, elastic wraps, and tapes are a significant cost to the hospital and the owner.

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Standard splints

FORCED FIT

Standardized splints fit a limited range of breeds and sizes. The forced fit can often cause more complications than they solve.

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Custom splints

COST PREVENTATIVE

Custom splints and casts are enormously time consuming, and often cost far too much to be a viable option for the owner.

CONCEPT

Introduce a customizable polymer that will bring standardized splints the last-mile without leaving the vet's office. 

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Cushion

CLOSED-CELL EVA FOAM

Low working temperature (52 - 62° C)

Non-toxic / safe for chewing

Biodegradable

Moldable shell

POLYCAPROLACTONE

Low working-temperature (52 - 62° C)
Re-formable at skin-safe temperatures
Highly durable

Fastner

NYLON / POLYESTER

Water resistant
Highly durable
Non-toxic

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Heel reduces waste of wraps and bandages. Straps are easily removed for recycling, and the shell is biodegradable. 

 

The EVA foam liner is not yet repurposable, but companies like Nike and GreenMax are working on more sustainable alternatives.

A NOTE ON SUSTAINABILITY
Step 1

Vet trims the kit to appropriate length for particular injury.

Trim

Step 2

Kit is heated under warm water until malleable.

Heat

Step 3

Kit is fitted and fastened to pet's injured leg.

Fasten

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