MIAT was approached by a consultant neuroradiologist, working in the field of interventional neurology with the Edinburgh Bio Quarter and NHS Lothian, to look into the feasibility of a saline infusion product.
Intra-arterial catheters are used to introduce fluids, such as saline or drugs, or take blood sample from patients. The catheter itself is a narrow plastic tube, inserted into the artery, with connectors on the section outside of the patient’s body for introducing or taking fluid.
Procedures involving intra-arterial catheters have become very common in modern medical practice, particularly in critical areas such as the brain and heart. However, these procedures are not without risk, particularly when narrow blood vessels within the brain are involved.
- Blood clots can form at the end of the catheter, and either:
- Block the infusion line,
- Break off into the blood stream, potentially under high pressure,
- Air bubbles can form within infusion lines creating an embolism risk.
MIAT is looking into improving the systems in current use to reduce these risks, and be able to detect and alarm if they do occur.
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