Dislodged medical tubes
The most frequent invasive medical procedure is not safe. Around 80% of in-hospital patients receive intravenous (IV) therapy through a tube. On average over 8.9% of these are accidentally pulled (dislodged) during treatment and the most affected patient groups are children and the elderly where an accident rates as high as 36% has been reported. The number of yearly dislodgement events in Europe is estimated at 72 million.
The issue of medical tubes being pulled out during treatment, putting patients at risk of being injured, is alarming. Apart from patient injury, the consequence of dislodgement includes interrupted therapy, loss of blood and medicine, exposure of patients and healthcare staff to toxic/allergenic medication and contaminated blood and increased workload for the healthcare staff. The annual European financial burden of accidental dislodgement of IV tubes is estimated at €15.6 billion. This includes costs for devices, human resources, and treatment for adverse events but does not account for wasted medication and spilled blood products.
“Patient safety is a serious global public health concern. It is estimated that there is a 1 in 3 million risk of dying while travelling by airplane. In comparison, the risk of patient death occurring due to a preventable medical accident, while receiving health care, is estimated to be 1 in 300. Industries with a perceived higher risk, such as the aviation and nuclear industries, have a much better safety record than health care does.”
World Health Organization (WHO)
The need for safer IV therapy is global. IV therapy is the most common invasive procedure, performed at healthcare settings all over the world.
A consequence of dislodged IV tubes is the environmental burden of plastic waste. Since IV tubes, bags and associated disposables are not meant to be reused, they will have to be thrown away in case of an accident. Approximately 4,730 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in Europe per year. Based on the huge usage of IV tubes, significant savings could be realized even if a small percentage of dislodgement is reduced, however, our product can eliminate the accident rate to zero. An estimated 2,900 tonnes of plastic would be saved after the introduction of ReLink®.