SurgiBox, an MIT D-Lab-affiliated R&D venture won $75K at the 2018 MassChallenge! SurgiBox is an operating room in a backpack that will save the lives of patients, doctors, and nurses around the world.
Five billion people worldwide lack access to safe surgery resulting in 18 million deaths annually. An ultraportable inflatable surgical environment intended for use in humanitarian aid and military field settings, SurgiBox is designed to make surgery safer for patients by reducing intraoperative air/skin contamination of incisions and for surgeons by reducing exposure to bodily fluid splashes and aerosol. SurgiBox has been based at D-Lab since 2011.