Hadasit, the Hadassah Medical Center’s technology transfer company, and Tel Aviv University’s technology transfer company, Ramot, have jointly developed a special cervical collar for trauma patients, which both protects the neck and keeps the patient’s airway open.

This “Lubo Cervical Collar” protects the person’s neck by immobilizing it and, at the same time, keeps the individual’s airway open through a “jaw-thrust” knob which pushes the patient’s mandibles forward toward the chin, explains Dr. Omri Lubovsky, developer of the LuboCollar and a physician in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hadassah. The developers have just completed a Phase I study which yielded positive results.

The Phase I study included 20 people, who were divided into two groups. The first group included healthy volunteers between the ages of 28-36. The collar was attached to their necks for 30 minutes, with no adverse effects (pressure sores, local irritation or damage).

The second group consisted of 10 people between the ages of 20 and 52 who were undergoing orthopedic surgery. The aim of this part of the trial was to study the LuboCollar’s effect on unconscious patients. The device was employed while they were under general anesthesia with a laryngeal mask or an endotracheal tube. Again, no adverse effects were reported.