Page 31

EETE APR 2015

The right connections to pain management By Oliver Bischoff The rapid developments in medical device technology make the sector one of the most vibrant as manufacturers and health providers look to combat the macro-sociological factors of an ageing population. The demand for increased remote monitoring of patients is now being met with the user-friendly delivery of medical solutions within the home, as opposed to a doctor’s surgery or hospital. Back pain is one of the major areas that continues to be researched as it is responsible for half of all absences from work in the EU per year, which is estimated to be €240 Bn worth of lost productivity. By its very nature back pain is very difficult to diagnose accurately, with pain management and treatment being a very important part of the healing process – a time when exercise is also of great importance. Where conventional remedies have been tried and failed, implantable neurostimulators are used; these provide pain relief for chronic back pain sufferers by blocking the pain messages before they reach the brain. Typically about the size of a stopwatch, the neurostimulator generates electrical impulses that are delivered to the epidural space near the spine by thin, insulated implantable wire leads. As these are implantable devices, rather than having wires penetrate the skin which would pose a risk of infection, batteries are used – both rechargeable and non-rechargeable. Non-rechargeable neurostimulators generally last for approximately 7 years after which the battery is changed via a relatively The implantable neurostimulators deliver electrical impulses to the epidural space near the spine, through thin insulated wire leads. short surgical procedure. Rechargeable neurostimulators, on the other hand, are recharged wirelessly (or inductively) and last for approximately 10 years. Smart electronic solutions – from design to finished products Cicor is a leading international high-tech industrial group active in advanced microelectronics, substrates and electronic solutions. The group offers complete outsourcing services and a broad range of innovative technologies, electronics and a wide range of production options from PCB assembly, system assembly, box-building, toolmaking and plastic injection molding. With 11 production sites and more than 20 representative offices worldwide, the group supplies high-quality custom-made solutions to its clients worldwide. cicor.com Oliver Bischoff is Industry Manager for the medical market at Molex – www.molex.com Europe Advanced Microelectronics & Substrates T +41 32 843 05 00 info-europe@cicor.com Electronic Solutions T +41 71 913 73 73 info-europe@cicor.com America Cicor Americas Ltd. T +1 617 576 2005 info-americas@cicor.com Asia Cicor Asia Pte Ltd. T +65 6546 16 60 info-asia@cicor.com Head office T +41 43 811 44 05 info@cicor.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe April 2015 31


EETE APR 2015
To see the actual publication please follow the link above