An Invention Made From A Sweet Tin Helps Heart surgeon Win Competition

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abdullrazak_hossien_1A heart surgeon has taken the medical world by surprise with his award for an invention he created from a tin of sweets that cost him 95p.

Dr Abdullrazak Hossien’s aortic root surgery training simulator can be used anywhere and is now being reproduced for usage all across the world after being given a crowning prize at the international.

It is used in training for the aortic root which is the main trunk of the systemic arteries, known to carry blood from the left side of the heart to the arteries of the limbs and organs.

Dr. Hossien, from Morriston Hospital , Swansea, came up with the idea of this training device after entering a competition as part of the EACTS (European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery) Conference in Vienna.
He said: “Thomas Edison said that to invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. I designed a portable trainer, which you can keep in your pocket. You can practise on the train, on an aeroplane, at home, wherever you are. I developed it from a sweet tin that can be fixed to a table, and created an aorta using synthetic material. It cost me around 95p. I accompanied this simulator with a multimedia DVD as guidelines that trainees can apply to any procedure on the aortic root. They can progress from the simplest procedure to the most complex as they develop.”

Dr. Hossien said that all trainees would be more familiar with using the simulator by the time they came to carry out supervised aortic root surgery on their patients. He added: “They will have mastered the procedure before they operate on the patient. There are benefits for the patient and for the surgeon, who will progress. At the same time qualified surgeons and any doctor with an interest in the specialty can improve their skills. There are some senior surgeons who have not done a lot of these procedures, like aortic valve repair.”

The candidates were challenged to invent a low-fidelity training simulator for an aortic root surgery for the EACTS award. In the panel of judges were eight top surgeons, both from Europe and the United States. Dr. Hossien was then declared joint winner along with another candidate from Italy. His invention will be reproduced for the use of the world by an award sponsor Ethicon, which develops innovative surgical products.

Dr. Hossien converted the garage of his Swansea home into a his workplace for developing aortic root simulator. He said: “I spent six or seven months on it. I would forget to eat and to drink sometimes because I was thinking about it so much.” He is planning on donating his share of the 3,000 Euros first prize from the EACTS award to the humanitarian relief appeal in Syrian .

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