FastTraCS collaborates with healthcare innovators to help translate medical device ideas from napkin sketch to design concept. We offer design support ranging from CAD assistance (3D modeling) to more in-depth product development and guidance services.
Depending on the project's needs, collaboration can range from several weeks to longer term engagements. Innovators will receive a whiteboard ideation of their project, final design report, and 3D representative model of their device idea.
Patients engaged in substance abuse behaviors who are admitted to the hospital often exploit central venous catheters (CVCs) or other vascular devices as a convenient route of administration for illicit drugs. This opportunistic behavior can present significant challenges for providers and quality of care, leading to increased infection rates and extended length of stay.
Currently, there are no devices in use for preventing or deterring unauthorized access to CVCs; however, providers may use dyed drug formulations or video patient monitoring to provide evidence of inpatient substance abuse.
FastTraCS worked with Hospital Medicine to determine the key features of the device. The following are design features identified prior to, or during intake design meetings:
FastTraCS designed and prototyped two different locking mechanisms for the device which are both accessed with a contactless key. One locking mechanism incorporates traditional materials and the other advanced materials.
Both prototypes demonstrated the ability to deter access to the clave ends during and after infusion.
The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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