Infusion care made
smart, simple, safe.
The MedLite ID Smart-Lite system illuminates the Saline Safe IV line in 60
seconds and helps prevent life-threatening infusion Adverse Drug Events.
To make infusion Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) and
avoidable infectious disease exposure "never-events."
90 seconds to learn, 60 seconds to use,
1 patient's life changed for the better.
With an average of eight IV lines per patient in the ICU, IVs are designed to deliver medications of all types. Yet, only one line, the “Safe Line” flowing saline, can be used to infuse a life-saving medicine with the certainty of not creating a drug interaction error or infusion ADE (Adverse Drug Event); all of the other lines are dedicated to specific drugs. The Saline Safe Line is used for intermittent medications, and often, electrolytes as well as antibiotics.
It raises this question: if a patient has 4-20 IV lines in their body, how will a medical professional know the right line to use when a “code blue” is ringing out in a dark room and when patient care is stretched beyond its limits?
This tangled mess of IV lines is called “infusion confusion” by those working the front lines. The size of the issue is alarming: 56% of all ADEs are infusion-related, with 15% of these being "wrong route errors"; the effect of caregivers choosing the wrong infusion line.
With more patients and fewer nurses, “line tracing” needs to be faster and more effective. With 60-90% of all IV infusions in the United States containing one or more errors that can cause accidental deaths, hospitals are paying (on average) $2200 in avoidable ADE costs per day per 100 beds in the hospital. That does not count upwards of $5 million in estimated wrongful-death legal costs should such an error occur, and the average settled cost of an ADE is $240K+.
Investing in a safer, higher quality of care for both patients and caregivers, making it simpler to choose the right line, could save lives and bring down costs. This is our mission, which led us to create the technology that will “Lite the Way," illuminating the main infusion line and reducing the potential for “infusion confusion.
In an acute-care setting, there may be easily 6-8 powerful meds (vasoactive drips and sedatives) that an IV push medication given in the wrong line could prove fatal. Clearly identifying the “carrier” would be easy with the clip-on line device. You try tracing 8 all-look-alike lines and trace it to the patient’s port and see how easy it is."
— US Acute Hospital Nurse
A Better Tomorrow
Drive ADE Risk to Zero
What MedLite nurses had to say
It would be beneficial for night nurses who need to push meds through the maintenance line to help identify without turning any lights on because they can verify the line before the MedLites go out. Then they know they are using the correct line on patients with multiple lines. It can be used in more scenarios than just emergent/rapid ones.
I would use MedLite ID when there are multiple lines on the patient and in a situation where rapid response events or codes are being called needing immediate medications pushed.
I liked that I could use it to identify the line I needed from the other side of the bed and had quicker access that way. Quicker access and detection of line in an emergent situation. When you have a lot of different meds running on a patient, it made it so easy to identify.
I was able to trace line much easier because of Med Lite ID
I could see it being helpful in the ICU or other areas where patients have multiple IV pumps and lines.
It would more quickly identify an unlabeled line as so many meds can't go together or mix together. Having that knowledge would prevent you from delaying care by immediately knowing which line is which.
It really does have potential in the ICU, if your patient is crashing, or during a resuscitation.
(I would use MedLites) when there are multiple lines on the patient and in a situation where there are rapids or codes being called needing immediate medications pushed.
Medlite made it easier to find the maintenance fluid when multiple lines running.
It would be helpful in a high-stress situation to double-check the right line.
I think it would be benefit the ICU where they have lots of lines running, but in general I feel like it would be a benefit to any pt that had more than 2 lines running at the same time.
This is very beneficial to patients with multiple lines, I am currently spending lots of time tracing multiple lines, and this would eliminate it.
Dusty's Story - Triumph Over Tragedy
In 2008, our sixteen-year-old son, Dusty, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, requiring a bone-marrow transplant. Dusty underwent chemotherapy during the four-month wait for a donor and frequently found his way to the pediatric intensive care unit. Infusion confusion was a consistent problem in the ICU and during his normal hospital stays. Speaking with clinicians, it became obvious that seeking out the primary IV line was a common and reoccurring frustration.
Four months after Dusty started his chemotherapy, a donor was secured. We transported our son to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the procedure. During his five-month stay at Primary Children’s Hospital, the IV lines seemed to multiply. On an average day, Dusty would have five IV lines attached to his port and various veins and as many as 11 different infusion lines. The stress experienced and time clinicians spent locating the primary infusion line were astonishing. I thought time and time again, that there must be a better way to identify the proper line.
Sadly, Dusty passed away in January of 2009, at the age of seventeen. My wife and I are forever thankful to those healthcare providers at Primary Children’s Hospital for their kind, patient, and skillful care. MedLite ID came to light after years of experimentation with infusion confusion and in honor of our son, Dusty. Today, every MedLite ID product includes a dedication to Dusty’s memory.
Dusty's Father, MedLite ID Inventor, and CoFounder - Dr. Wayne Provost
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