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We are a med tech entrepreneurship team based out of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Our mission is to deliver innovative solutions that challenges the status quo of persisting and large-scale issues in the healthcare system.

We are motivated to improve the standard of care for patients and reduce the economic burden for hospitals through offering patent-ready technology. Connect with us if you’re interested in our products!

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IV Infiltration

Occurs when IV fluids leak from the veins into surrounding tissues

The most common failure mode that results in infiltration is catheter dislodgement, which is when the IV catheter punctures through or slips out of the vein.

Current methods of detection are not clinically effective

Nurses are required to perform regular check-ups on the IV site, but sometimes symptoms of infiltration (including fluid bubble, redness, swelling) can be difficult to detect, resulting in hours of delays before proper treatment is administered.

Leads to serious long term consequences for patients

At this point, tissue damage may become irreversible, causing long-term damages that the patient will have to live with. Infiltration can also happen with other types of catheter treatments, including central, arterial, and umbilical lines, so a treatment-invariant solution is greatly needed.

A Common Problem

Infiltration occurs in 24% adult patients (1) and up to 70% of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) (2).

Economic Burden

Average treatment cost of $50,000 USD for injurious infiltrations (3). Hospitals face lawsuits ranging $500K to $2.25M (4).

Patient Harm

Infiltration causes tissue blistering and necrosis, requiring injections, surgery, and amputation for the patient.

Multiple Failures

Other than peripheral IV lines (most common), arterial, central, and umbilical catheter lines also infiltrate

Our Product

By integrating a unique sensor into the catheter tip, Attentiv distinguishes the root cause of infiltration through detecting penetration events through the blood vessel wall. This novel solution augments nurse’s ability to react to critical infiltration incidents without adding to their extensive workload through local and global monitoring solutions.

Attentiv Catheter

Actively relaying in-vivo conditions to monitoring solutions for quick and decisive action.

Monitor Module

Display the real-time status of the IV infusion and alarm the nurse upon the first sign of infiltration.

Automatic Shutoff

If high likelihood of infiltration is detected, the infusion can automatically shut off via an actuated clamping system.

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