NAMSR News: 3D-printed implants restore baby's breathing

The life-saving implants were made using CT scanning and 3D imaging and printing technology to produce bioresorbable splints of the exact shape to ensure a snug fit in the little boy's airways.
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ARLINGTON, Va. - March 20, 2014 - PRLog -- Because of a condition that put huge pressure on his airways, 18-month-old Garrett Peterson of Utah had been tethered to ventilators and lived in hospitals since he was born. He was in mortal danger because his airways had collapsed, and even on their highest settings, the ventilators could not prevent his breathing from stopping several times a day.

Now, thanks to splints that surgeons at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital have implanted in his airway, thus saving his life, Garrett can go home and gradually be weaned off the ventilators.

Garrett's condition is called tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve, and in his case, it had developed into severe tracheobronchomalacia, or softening of his trachea and bronchi, to the point that the airways had collapsed to the size of small slits.

Severe tracheobronchomalacia is very rare and affects about 1 in 2,200 newborns. Most grow out of it by age 2 or 3, but it can be misdiagnosed as asthma that does not respond to treatment. Severe cases, like Garrett's, are about 10% of that number.

From a medical standpoint, the remarkable thing about Garrett's story is that the life-saving implants were made using CT scanning and 3D imaging and printing technology to produce bioresorbable splints of the exact shape to ensure a snug fit in the little boy's airways.

And not only this, but the devices will gradually biodegrade harmlessly in the child's body, as his trachea and bronchi strengthen so he can breathe on his own without ventilation.

In fact, this is only the second time this technology has been used to save a child's life - both times at the same hospital. The first time was in early 2013, when a 3D-printed splint of a windpipe saved the life of another toddler, Kaiba Gionfriddo of Ohio, whose life was also threatened by tracheobronchomalacia, causing his airway to collapse.

The devices were developed at the University of Michigan by Glenn Green, associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology and Scott Hollister, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and associate professor of surgery.


RMSR® Medical Sales Certification offered by the National Association of Medical Sales Representatives is designed for entry level medical device sales reps. The course covers a wide array of topics pertaining to industry knowledge that candidates need to acquire before applying to medical sales positions.

The course and training helps to develop the industry skills, maximizing the candidates potential and goals, as well as making them feel valued and stimulated in their role when communicating with members of the medical community. By an applicant acquiring medical sales training and a RMSR Certification, it puts him/her in a position of strength and qualifies them for medical sales jobs. Medical knowledge is key in this industry and when communicating with doctors, surgeons, and nurses etc. It is extremely important for representatives to use key terminology pertaining to the medical product he/she will be promoting. The only way to succeed in this industry is to garner actual sales. Doctors and Surgeons will not acknowledge a Sales Rep who is not proficient in essential medical terminology, knowledgeable of medical devices/equipment and the anatomy. For those lacking a solid sales background the RMSR course covers knowledge of medical selling techniques and regulation such as Effective Territory Management, Effective Networking, Medical Sales Ethical & Regulatory Guidelines and more.

The National Association of Medical Sales Representative™(NAMSR) is the largest professional association in the world for Medical Sales Representatives. Through our numerous members, the NAMSR™ provides accredited training, continuing education, information about the industry, up-to-date news, programs to assist medical sales reps in their work, training programs to assist candidates who want to break into the industry and initiatives to improve communication with the medical sales field.

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