2013 - Mater Mothers' Hospital
The Lexus Owners' Gift for 2013 is a Medtronic Powerease System to be used in the operating theatres at the Mater Mothers' Hospital.
The Powerease System is used for drilling, tapping and driving specialised implants during spinal surgery, including open and minimally invasive procedures.
Previously the surgeon tapped and inserted screws manually. The Powerease has been shown to reduce the time of placing screws during spinal surgery by more than 50 percent and reducing 'wobble' while placing the screws. This means the surgeon has more control over the placement of the screws and less strain on their hands, which also decreases the overall risk to the patient.