Geko: Portable Wristwatch-Size Electronic Device That Reduce Blood Clots

Posted on Jan 16 2012 - 11:12am by Editorial Staff

Have you ever wondered a wristwatch-sized can simulates your blood flow and reduce the risk of blood clots? If not, then, starting thinking again, a UK-based  Geko believes that current devices on the market are cumbersome and ineffective, and have launched a wristwatch-sized, self-adhesive band that stimulates blood flow and therefore decreases risk of clots.

Geko was developed by Sky Medical as a simple solution for those at risk of DVT. The disposable device weighs 16 grams and attaches to the back of the patient’s knee. Powered by a wristwatch-sized battery, two electrodes stimulate the personal nerve which causes micro-contraction of the calf muscle and increased local blood circulation. The action simulates the process normally achieved by walking but without the patient having to move.

The software is controlled by a single button, with seven levels of stimulation indicated by a flashing green LED. The one-size-fits-all device can be applied in 60 seconds and is designed to allow for full freedom of movement. The battery lasts for 24 hours, after which the device can be disposed of safely as clinical waste. Geko will distribute worldwide but is not available for sale in the US.

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