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  • lone_ranger_of_stocks lone_ranger_of_stocks Nov 22, 2013 12:05 AM Flag

    NURO article in Med City News

    Device Design: Wearable Diabetic Neuropathy Pain Management System Strives For Simplicity
    By Lindsey Alexander

    When Massachusetts-based Neurometrix (NURO) created a wearable device for pain management for patients suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), founder and CEO Shai Gozani knew usability was key. More than a quarter of diabetic patients must cope with DPN, a burning, stabbing, acute pain, usually in the legs and feet, Gozani said. The Sensus, NURO’s nerve-stimulator that eases that pain for diabetes patients, needed to be wearable, durable and above all, simple.

    Sensus can be worn on the calf and delivers an hour of stimulation to ease pain with the press of a button. Some patients may only need the wearable DPN treatment once a day, some patients may need as much as eight to 16 hours of stimulation a day, Gozani said. It can be put on while the patient is getting dressed in the morning and worn throughout the workday. It even has a setting to deliver treatment for pain management every other hour, so a patient doesn’t need to adjust the device if they’re busy or caught up during the day.

    Diabetes treatment already involves many medical devices and drugs. Gozani didn’t want the device to become part of that problem. “We wanted to make this as easy to use as taking a pill. Because really that’s the alternative in a sense–a pain pill. . . . The last thing they need is another complicated device to try to manage everything else going on in their lives,” he said. “If it couldn’t be done with one button, that was too complicated in our minds.”

    Easier said than done. The marriage between the mechanical–a hydrogel bioelectrical interface with a disposable electrode–and the form necessities, something lightweight that could be worn while the patient’s moving or at rest, can handle sweat and be adjustable, and fit under a pair of pants was a big step alone. But NeuroMetrix pushed.


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