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Medifix Limited

Safer Than Safety Cannula

New Product in A New Catogery of Cannula:

For the past ten years we have been developing solutions, testing our hypothesis and designing products to help doctors and nurses to introduce cannula & catheters. Using a simple unique device to ease cannula and catheters introducing technique in medical and veterinary science. This concept was clinically tested and our results were published in the medical journal.

We believe we have a simple solution to optimise the technique, thus reducing the number of attempts, incorporating needle tip protection, and blocking re-introduction of needle into the cannula. U-Cann™ is especially designed to help doctors introduce cannula with ease and reduce the number of attempts required to introduce cannula successfully. The U-Cann™ prevents accidental needle stick injuries and cannula fracture.

Peripheral venous cannulae and catheter introducing device are the devices most frequently used for vascular access. Insertion of cannula and catheter into a blood vessel in patients and veterinary medicine is probably the most common invasive medical procedure performed. In modern medical practice, up to 80 percent of hospitalised patients receive intravenous therapy at some point during their stay. This has been associated with increased incidence of spreading hospital infections and needle stick injuries. There is a growing awareness in the medical community that the cannulation technique needs to be reviewed.

Cannula insertion is particularly difficult in certain cases, including in intravenous drug users, patients having repeated courses of chemotherapy, children, dark-skinned and obese patients. Failed attempts are expensive, also embarrassing for the provider, causing a degree of nervousness that also hampers further attempts. It is therefore important that a cannula is inserted quickly the first time. Many doctors claim a high success rate for inserting cannulae, but may still require several attempts to get it right in certain cases.

Discarded cannulae increase hospital waste and environmental pollution, pose a risk of needle stick injury and encouraging the spread of infections. Growing concern about this issue has led to a desire to reassess cannulation techniques. Various cannula manufacturers now offer devices designed to reduce needle stick injuries. However, none have claimed to reduce the number of attempts required to cannulate. Unsuccessful attempts not only cause distress to the patient and make cannulation more difficult, but each unnecessary puncture wound provides an access route for MRSA, MSSA or other drug-resistant organisms into the bloodstream.

Current Cannulation Trends

There is currently a trend in the United Kingdom and the United States to train nurses and paramedic to cannulate to reduce time for doctors. However, nurses and paramedic may lack the skill or experience to introduce cannula in complex cases. There is also some concern that allowing other staff to carry out cannulation could, over time, de-skill doctors, possibly resulting in inadequate care in difficult cases.

Major corporations and cannula manufacturers are keen to introduce the safety cannula to offer protection from needle stick injuries, but in Medifix, we are offering a New Product, A New Category Cannula with the following advantages:

1. First “Cannula Introducing Device in the market
2. First cannulas to block re-use.
3. New category cannula with no competitors.
4. Automatic safety device – using new concept.
5. Ease of use with no complicated manoeuvre to learn
6. Reduced time required to insert cannula into blood vessel.
7. New alternative release mechanism incorporated as an add-on.
8. Entirely new technique incorporated with existing method.
9. Only cannula to offer four (4) methods of cannula introducing technique.
10. Needle tip protection in vein greatly increases success rate.
11. Help to reduction of premature withdrawal or double puncture.
12. Plunger acts as cannula introducer -and protects needle tip.
13. Reduction of Needle Stick Injury and cannula fracture.
14. Reduction of multiple puncture and trauma to patients.
15. Manually operated cannula.
16. Prevent reuse and re-introduction of needle through cannula hub.