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Enroute Transcarotid Neuroprotection System
Winner - Platinum
Competition: Spark:Spring Product
Designer: Dan Harden - President / CEO / Principal Designer
Design Type: Surgical Device
Company / Organization / School: Whipsaw
Team Members: Dan Harden, Cole Derby, Ari Turgel, Chris Whittall and Wayman Lee.
The Enroute Transcarotid Neuroprotection System is a revolutionary new type of vascular surgery device designed to significantly reduce the risk of stroke during carotid artery stenting. Carotid artery disease affects millions of people worldwide. Plaque builds up in the Carotid arteries, reducing blood flow to the brain and if dislodged can cause a stroke. The standard procedure is to introduce a stent via the femoral artery in the groin, or with risky open artery surgery. However, these methods can dislodge plaque and cause an embolism. Enroute is a brand new surgical method that mitigates these risks. A small incision is made in the neck to introduce a catheter, then the carotid artery is tied off below the incision which causes the blood to flow in reverse, away from the brain. During stenting blood and plaque flow out of the body through the Enroute system where a filter captures the plaque. Clean blood is then reintroduced into the body through the femoral artery. Enroute provides protection for the patient’s brain during the entire procedure.