While Dr. Saad Saad originally intended on being an engineer while he was in high school, this all changed and there are thousands of children and their families who are grateful for this decision. After watching his 2 older brothers work in the sweltering Kuwait summer sun, he decided that this was not the path that he wanted to take with his career. In fact, a large part of Dr. Saad Saad’s decision to go into medicine was based on his desire to work in an air-conditioned room instead of the 110-degree temperatures that his engineer brothers were working in almost every day. Now Dr. Saad Saad performs most of his work in an operating room under the cool air in an environmentally controlled space.
While Dr. Saad Saad tells his story about the heat of the summer in the desert, he maintains a good sense of humor. Maybe his sense of humor is one of the reasons that Dr. Saad Saad is loved by so many of his patients and their loved ones. Fortunately, Dr. Saad Saad’s love for engineering didn’t just go to waste as he is the inventor of different procedures and even equipment designed to make medical care better for both the patients and the medical staff that is treating them.
One of these inventions by Dr. Saad Saad is a catheter with a tracking device in it that makes it easier for medical professionals to place the catheter in the right place on the first try. All of this is done without the use of harmful radiation and instead, a much smaller device is used that emits a signal depending on its distance from the catheter.
Essentially, the system works like a metal detector but with a lot more complexity and precision to the process. Dr. Saad Saad’s invention uses electromagnetic energy in order to function and the tip of the catheter contains a coil with material that is magnetically permeable. The walls of the catheter contain a set of wires that also aid in the location of the medical device. The device that locates the catheter is small enough to be used in an ICU, which is much more convenient than an entire X-ray machine or MRI. It also removes the risk of guide wires breaking inside of the patient and causing complications. Learn more: http://www.phillypurge.com/2018/04/16/dr-saad-saad-the-legacy-of-an-east-coast-pediatric-surgeon/
Dr. Saad Saad’s inventions have come out of necessity as he saw problems with the current models that were being used. He decided that he wanted to make improvements for not only himself but other doctors around the world and their patients.