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 of the IV site, but sometimes symptoms of infiltration can be difficult to detect, resulting in hours of delays before proper treatment is administered.
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.
Infiltration occurs in 24% adult patients (1) and up to 70% of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) (2).
Average treatment cost of $50,000 USD for injurious infiltrations (3). Hospitals face lawsuits ranging $500K to $2.25M (4).
Infiltration causes tissue blistering and necrosis, requiring injections, surgery, and amputation for the patient.
Other than peripheral IV lines (most common), arterial, central, and umbilical catheter lines also infiltrate
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.
Actively relaying in-vivo conditions to monitoring solutions for quick and decisive action.
Display the real-time status of the IV infusion and alarm the nurse upon the first sign of infiltration.
If high likehood of infiltration is detected, the infusion can automatically shutoff via an actuated clamping system.
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.
Gordon YehSoftware Engineer
Entrepreneur at heart, Gordon is a computer engineer with previous experiences in startups. He looks forward to leverage his experiences in software development and business finances.
Rio NishidaHardware Engineer
Highly passionate about sustainable design, Rio likes problem-solving in fast-paced environments. His excellent instincts for prototyping are invaluable to Attentiv’s product development.
Jessica BoBiomedical Engineer
Jessica has 3 years of experience in medical device design and multiple internships in the software industry. She is passionate about knowledge translation between biomedical research and entrepreneurship.
Kevin TaMechatronics Engineer
Kevin has diverse work experience across biomedical research & start-ups, the clean energy sector, and robotics research. He also captains the UBC Supermileage vehicle design team.
Siddharth BirlaBusiness Strategist
Siddharth has extensive work experience in the field of business development and strategy. He is interested in growth hacking for start-up firms in the healthcare industry.
Jessica YuMarketing Director
As a marketing and logistics major at UBC, Jessica has an extensive work portfolio in doing market research for tech start-ups. She looks forward to applying her expertise to expand Attentiv's customer base.