Intravenous (IV) line placement device
In modern medicine, IVs are critical for medication administration. Every year, 200 million IV Lines are placed in the US. Failure rates are reported from 35-50 percent on the first attempt and 80 percent of all hospitalized patients receive some form of infusion therapy. The challenges associated with placing an IV are locating a viable vein, avoiding bifurcations, vein rolling, locating and purging valves, and creating skin tension. Our approach to overcoming these difficulties during emergent situations is to develop a device that can attach to the patient, mechanically provide tension, and has the potential to implement imaging, while allowing for increased use of a free hand during the Iine placement process.
- Mitchell Glodowski - Team Leader
- Josiah Wolf - Communicator
- Thomas Geissler - BSAC
- Sam Simon - BWIG
- Mark Nyaeme - BPAG