TableĀ 1

List of the top ten needs

NoNeed statement
1.An effective way to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia in intubated patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) to ensure long-term ventilator support
2.A definitive way to prevent foot ulcers that can develop into sepsis, gangrene or cellulitis, leading to foot amputations in patients with diabetic neuropathy
3.An affordable way to manage middle ear infections in order to prevent intracranial complications
4.A way to prevent necrosis and tracheal stenosis in patients with prolonged endotracheal tube or tracheostomy tube in the ICU
5.A more effective way to detect ectopic pregnancy in sexually active women of reproductive age who present with abdominal pain at the first point of care in order to prevent rupture of the ectopic POC (product of conception)
6.A way to temporarily manage traumatic brain injuries in patients who are not able to access definitive neurosurgical management (lack of ICU beds/availability of surgery) in order to prevent coning of the brain stem, herniation and subsequent respiratory arrest or death
7.A non-invasive way to measure intracranial pressure in patients with mild to moderate head injury with intracranial bleeding in the ICU in order to prevent subsequent mortality
8.A faster way to detect silent myocardial infarctions (MI) in order to prevent irreversible cardiac damage in non-hospitalised patients who are at high risk for MI (diabetes, high blood pressure)
9.A faster way to accurately detect rising intracompartmental pressure in the musculoskeletal compartment due to soft tissue injuries at the emergency room in order to prevent an impending compartmental syndrome
10.A safer way to provide definitive management of urethral obstruction in patients with enlarged prostate glands in the emergency department