Doctors save left foot by attaching it to right leg

April 7, 2011 · Posted in innovation, problem solving · Comment 

Left foot attached to right leg saves foot

Doctors in China use many principles of Predictive Innovation® to save a man’s foot when it was cut off in an accident.

http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/Doctors_put_left_foot_on_right_leg

The man’s foot was cut off because of an accident. The damage to the leg prevented the foot from being immediately reattached. So there was a dilemma.

Must re-attach the foot to the leg immediately so it doesn’t die; but, we can’t attach the foot until the leg heals and grows.

One way to handle dilemmas is to invert then rephrase. Instead of immediately reattaching the foot to the same leg they attached it to the other leg. This was a great idea because the patient would not be able to walk while the other leg was growing and healing after moving it to the correct leg. Attaching the foot to the patients other leg is the perfect environment for the foot while waiting.

Other approaches have been tried such as freezing the organ to be reattached. Current technology can’t reliably prevent damage from ice crystals.

Another improvement could be using stem cells cultured from the patient and sprayed onto a growth matrix. This could accelerate the grow and the healing when the foot is reattached.

Another inversion is to let the foot die and attach a cloned foot. That technology has already been used for less complicated body parts.

Crowd sourcing math, value of life

April 4, 2011 · Posted in economics · Comment 

http://www.nber.org/papers/w9094.pdf
When speed limits in the USA were raised from 55 to 65 death rates also increased. The economic value of the lives lost amazingly equaled the average lifetime income.

Everyday people choose between ways to spend their time and money. They calculate the relative value of each and decide which best achieves their goals. Individually these choice can seem haphazard, irrational and even counter productive.

An economic decision is a choice that means giving up thing to get another. Another name is a trade off. Depending on the conditions of a particular situation the relative value changes. A man in a hot desert would more highly value a glass of water than a fancy winter coat. The same man would prefer the coat to the water if he were in the arctic.

Poor people often take great risks to earn a living than wealthier people precisely because it is to enable living. When those same people are wealthier they will take less risks. This is the main reason certain industries have moved from wealthy post-industrial nations to less developed nations. As those nations improve economically those jobs will be replaced by technology.

Ideas for further research.

Compare other risk reward ratios to create a formula between maximum loss, dying, and zero loss. This could explain crime and be useful for determining effective deterrents to crime and enticements to other occupations.

Spray on skin, world changing innovation

February 11, 2011 · Posted in abundance, innovation · Comment 


Heal a huge wound in a couple days by using spray on skin. This is amazing for burn victims but think about it applied to all injuries.

Perhaps this could be used with surgeries to replace the tissues removed plus heal the entry point. Perhaps less meaningful but more profitable it could be used instead of face lifts.

This uses adult stem cells, another example the more than 1000 successful treatments using adult stem cells. A great case of “Profitably satisfying an unmet desire” profiting everyone involved.

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