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Jabs safety system invented

2nd March 2011

A UK professor has invented a device that could stop potentially fatal injections of drugs.

The invention by Cardiff University anaesthetist Professor Judith Hall could also avoid the injection of air into wrong parts of the body.

Professor Hall’s system features colour-coded connectors designed to be used in only one area.

It is hoped the invention could see a cut in so-called wrong-route injections.

Prof Hall, who is head of anaesthetics, intensive care & pain medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine has helped the Welsh firm Flexicare Medical develop the system.

Her system uses one shape of connector for intravenous injections and a different shape for nasogastric tubes, and another for injections in to the spine.

She said: "Currently all of those routes are inter-connectable via a common lock fitting.”

But she said that with her system it was now impossible to put air, for instance, that should be going to a nasogastric tube, into an arterial or venous type.

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has said that by April 2011 spinal injections must no longer use the common lock system.

Professor Hall believes her system – launched at a life sciences conference in Cardiff - will go beyond those requirements.

It is estimated that there are more than a million spinal regional anaesthesia procedures a year in the UK.

Flexicare Medical business development director Hash Poormand said: “Our production capacity currently stands at making five million spinal packs per annum which will also allow us to launch into European markets in the early part of this year.”

 

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