IV insertion results in a classic “3-handed” problem. Blood exposure occurs between the time a catheter is inserted into a vein and the intravenous fluid tubing is connected to the catheter. This exposes health care personnel to patient’s blood, increasing the risk of cross contamination and multiplying the incidence of hospital acquired infections which range from trivial to life threatening diseases like Hepatitis-C and HIV.
The TaMI StatClip address this problem with a very simple externally applied clip. Use is intuitive, so that blood doesn't escaping when the needle is removed while the lines are being connected.
Human clinical use studies are planned for May.
The StatClip is a single use, single molded part with the potential for very high margins. Adoption is expected to follow that of the safety needles, with ubiquity possible in a few years. The management team includes one of the pioneers of safety needle technology.