SWIRL PROJECT: SAFE-INFUSION
Stopping Adverse Fluid Events in IV Infusion
Intravenous (IV) therapy is the most performed invasive treatment with over 3.8 bn disposables tubes used annually. There is a growing trend to administer IV infusion at home presenting social and economic benefits to patients with chronic diseases, cancer and, being especially important, to the current aging European population. In views of the situation, there is an urgent need for IV therapy risk reduction by preventing dislodgement, VAE and spill of hazardous fluids/vapours, while simultaneously supporting the ‘bringing care home initiative’. SAFE-Infusion project aims to improve the safety and performance of IV by maturing, testing, and launching the next-generation of weak-link tube connection and closed system air aspiration devices.
Gasgon is manufacturing AirVault, a closed system aspirator device to remove air bubbles from IV fluids. The device can be placed anywhere on an IV tube to conveniently and simply remove problem bubbles (Air-in-Line), intended to make IV infusion safer for patients and clinicians, while also improving efficiency and accuracy of the IV dose.
The Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (C.H.U.C) is a Portuguese public healthcare complex located in Coimbra, Portugal. It is composed by 6 medical institutions: Hospital da Universidade (the original University Hospital), Hospital Pediátrico de Coimbra (Pediatric Hospital), Hospital dos Covões, Maternidade Dr. Bissaya Barreto (maternity), Maternidade Dr. Daniel de Matos (maternity) and Hospital Sobral Cid (Psychiatrics Hospital). It's the biggest healthcare center in Portugal, with over 2000 beds and 8500 patients consulted per day.
Fundació Sant Joan de Déu (FSJD) is a non-profit research institution whose primary goal is to contribute to the improvement of people’s health and welfare mainly in the areas of Mental Health and Maternal and Child Health. Accordingly, the Foundation’s objective is to work jointly with the hospitals and other centres of Sant Joan de Déu, for instance Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, to expand scientific knowledge and to improve the care given to people who suffer health problems. Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (PSSJD) is a private non-profit institution that includes a general hospital and a large network of mental health services, which provides comprehensive mental health and disability services. PSSJD’s Research, Innovation and Teaching Unit focuses on bringing together researchers and clinicians in the areas of public health, mental disorders and disability.