Founded in Melbourne in 2013, Protego Medical is an early stage medical technology company developing a medical device for sternal protection during cardiac surgery.
The use of sternal retractors to hold back the edges of the sternum in cardiac surgery leads to trauma to the sternum and sometimes sternal fractures resulting in increased post-operative pain and morbidity. The device protects the sternum from trauma and also reduces blood loss from the sternum, both of which are associated with significant patient morbidity. These improved outcomes will impact on both surgeon satisfaction and patient wellbeing, and will also importantly save money through the resulting lower complication rates and faster recovery times.
The Company will commence the clinical development of this sternal protection technology in mid 2014.