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Health & wellness

Device to make surgery punctures safer earns $30,000 prize for MIT student

If you’ve ever drilled through a wall, you get the idea: The moment the bit clears the plaster or wood, it plunges forward until your brain registers the change in pressure and pulls it back.

When surgeons use a puncture device to poke through a patient’s skin at the start of minimally invasive surgeries, the same effect can cause the device to accelerate once it has penetrated the skin, sometimes causing damage to organs below.

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