Pressure injuries — commonly referred to as bedsores, impact the most medically vulnerable members of society; those who are confined to their beds for a prolonged time. Bedsores are formed by prolonged pressure to the skin. Pressure Injuries cost North American healthcare institutions 15 Billion USD annually. They are the number one Hospital induced illness and are the 2nd most filed medical lawsuit after wrongful death. These medical filed lawsuits average around 17,000 lawsuits per year. The main driver behind bedsores is a rapidly aging population; which means when many of the baby boomer retire by 2020, the proportion of elderly (age 65+) will increase from 13.2% today to 21.2%. However, current technologies are either inefficient or do not provide the proper and accurate metrics to prevent pressure injuries. Avoiding pressure ulcer problems begins with prevention.
We at Curiato have come up with a revolutionary way of preventing bedsores through our pressure redistribution system, called Ceylon systems. A combination of both a smart mattress and a bedsore management interface. The mattress allows for targeted pressure redistribution and actively detects potential bedsores. While preventing bedsores, our interface, also provides valuable data to caregivers and families so they can take more informed actions for patient care. This will enable administrators to allocate their resources most efficiently, to save money and ultimately improve patient care. As the senior population expands over the next several years, achieving efficiency in pressure ulcer prevention is absolutely critical for healthcare providers. Ceylon Systems will be the first patented smart mattress bedsore prevention system that will be able to predict and adjust to high-risk bedsore zones on its own.
For our timeline we have completed our prototype, and we are well on our way to developing our pre-clinical prototype for a geriatric care center in Toronto. We have met with the geriatric center on numerous occasions and they have been advocates for our technology and have really been pushing us to deliver. When we visited their center we found that the current technology (alternating air mattress) simply wasn’t working for them; we saw them propping patients with pillows simply because the current system wasn’t effective. We are going to work alongside doctors and nurses, as well as patients, to optimize our device. Not only that, we are now speaking with other health care institutions to pilot our devices and get our technology to those who need it most. Curiato won $5,000 at the Norman Esch Enterprise Award, and most recently $25,000 at the Velocity Fund finals, as well as $60,000 from the Jumpstart program at the Accelerator Center. Curiato is currently securing two clinical trials with a hospital in Toronto, as well as a long term care facility.
Our team comes from a broad array of academic backgrounds, ranging from artificial intelligence to product design. Founders Zied Etleb (CEO) , Moazam M. Khan (COO) and Matthew Sefati (CBDO) are graduates from the University of Waterloo with experienced research in biomedical sciences and business development. Our management team consists of Nazih Al Makri (CTO) M.Sc – Wireless Communication, previous : Sensor Lead at Blackberry and Dr. Nasser Mooman (CIO) Ph.D – Electrical Engineering (UWaterloo), previous: Chief Data Officer at D-Intelligence.