About the Non-injectable Arterial Connector
A medical device enhancing safety and care for patients requiring an arterial line in operating theatres and intensive care.
The Non-Injectable Arterial Connector (NIC) is a low-cost, simple device that stops wrong-route drug administration, reduces arterial line-related infections, and prevents blood loss during sampling. The NIC is a needle free arterial connector. Unlike standard connectors, it has a one-way valve safety feature built into it. This safety feature allows clinical staff to use the NIC as per normal clinical practice, however, if they attempt to wrongly give medication via the arterial line, the clinician is prevented from doing so by the safety feature. Adoption of the NIC requires minimal staff training.
About The WireSafe
An engineered solution to prevent the never event of retained central line and Seldinger chest drain guidewires.
The WireSafe is a novel locked procedure pack which prevents the never event of retained central line, vascaths and Seldinger chest drain guidewires. The WireSafe contains the equipment required to complete a central line insertion after the guidewire is normally removed: suture, suture holder, forceps and dressing. The only way to access the equipment is by unlocking the WireSafe with the guidewire. This human factors forcing function ensures that clinicians always remove the guidewire, preventing the never event.
Maryanne is Clinical Research Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She is currently undertaking a Doctorate at the University of Cambridge relating to Patient Safety in the NHS and is specifically researching errors in healthcare and the use of engineered solutions to prevent never events or serious adverse events.