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