Safer Blood Sampling
Helping to prevent incidences of inappropriate administration of insulin during blood sampling.
In intensive care and operating theatres, blood samples are frequently taken from arterial lines to measure a patient’s blood chemistry.
Arterial lines are maintained with a saline flush solution, however if a glucose-containing flush solution is accidentally attached to the arterial line it can artificially raise the patient’s blood sample glucose measurement. Without realising the error nursing staff may inappropriately administer insulin, resulting in the patient developing hypoglycemia that can lead to fatal brain injury.
This administration error is reported approximately 3 times per month to NHS England. The National Patient Safety Agency have issued an alert highlighting the error and recommended the development of safety solutions to prevent this mistake.
GLUCOSAVE®, in development by Medovate, is a patient safety solution designed to help avoid this error. It is designed to work with the normal blood sampling system to immediately alert clinicians if a glucose solution is erroneously attached, thus helping to prevent incidences of inappropriate administration of insulin which could result in patient harm. The GLUCOSAVE® technology has utility in both arterial line and arterial blood gas sampling products.