A prospective study is currently underway in Breast Centre North
Innovative Local Donegal Farmer designs user-friendly volumetric
A prospective study is currently underway in Breast Centre North West to evaluate the prevalence of lymphoedema in those patients undergoing axillary related breast cancer surgery. The gold-standard for measuring limb volume is the water displacement method which uses a limb volumetric. In June 2015, after much searching, a volumetric was sourced from USA at a cost of $600. Although it has been very effective the users felt there were a few design flaws which could make a volumetric much easier to use both by patients and staff.
Thanks to the innovation of a local Donegal Farmer (Robert Kilpatrick), the Unit are now proud owners of a sturdy, slick, and more user-friendly volumetric. Robert took on board the suggestions of the staff using the device as well as incorporating some features he himself thought might help improve it. The new design incorporates the following unique features::
wheels to facilitate transport;
a tap to empty the device easier and
a comfortable patient under arm rest.
Both patients and staff are delighted with this new piece of equipment. Robert very kindly declined payment for this volumetric saying he was delighted to be able to invent a product which would ultimately be used within a programme which aims to improve the outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer in the North West.