Posts by Nigel Syrotuck

Nigel Syrotuck

DIY COVID-19 Medical Devices

One response to possible COVID-19 medical device shortages is to try to hack DIY COVID-19 medical devices together. It’s very empowering to see open-source communities come together to try to turn out a workable design to help avoid dire shortages for those in need. However, development of medical devices is far more nuanced than it […]

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Five Eye Diseases linked to majority of blindness or poor vision

Diseases of the eye affect the majority of the general population at some point throughout their lifetime, significantly affecting quality of life, especially if access to treatment is not available. They are so prevalent they account for the most common surgical procedure worldwide (cataract surgery), drive an industry for one of the most common medical […]

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What’s the Point of Modern Injection Devices?

Comparing novel drug delivery systems to the traditional needle Injection devices have been around for centuries, and though the ubiquitous needle-tipped plastic syringe hasn’t changed much in the 60+ years of its existence, other technologies have been developed with significant advantages. Though it’s tough to compete with a disposable product that costs just pennies to […]

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7 Tips for Balancing Cost and Feedback

Build an Input Pyramid to support your medical device development As a medical device designer, I see clients balancing cost and feedback in a daily struggle to decide when to get clinical feedback, from whom, and how much weight to give that input. KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) and individual designer experience can take a product well […]

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RoHS 2 vs RoHS 3 impact on medical devices

Note: RoHS 3 is a colloquial term referring to Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863, which is actually an amendment to RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU) rather than a standalone Directive. Though this terminology has become somewhat common (common enough to keep using the term here), it’s technically inaccurate. RoHS 3 – The Trilogy is Complete The Restriction […]

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Quickly forgotten? Why some discoveries fly under the radar and others dominate screens

How your medical device can do either On Feb 11th of this year, gravitational waves were detected for the first time at the LIGO facility in the USA. Theorized in 1916 (by Einstein), they were finally proven, answering one of science’s most fundamental questions in our understanding of physics and the universe.  Did anyone else notice […]

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Digital Health: MEMS, wearables, and the future of medical devices

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) are tiny computer chips with moving parts. Typically used as sensors, but also reversible to make actuators (usually), MEMS technology includes accelerometers, gyroscopes, piezoelectric devices, and microphones, to name just a few. They are the reason our phones know which way is up, our airbags deploy quickly, and technology has become so […]

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