Idea Description
Supplementary Information
Detailed Submission Data
Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Airglove is a patient warming system that gently heats the arm, raising fragile or hidden veins, making them easier and less painful to access.

“Up to 35% of patients require heated cannulisation due to fragile or hidden veins”
Overview of Innovation:
Airglove is a unique warming system developed to enable access to the veins in a patients arm for the delivery of intravenous drugs. It gently heats the patients arm up as it forces warm air through a single use double walled polythene glove.

Patient Solution
Airglove warming system works in just 3 minutes gently heating the patients arm to the selected temperature. Its so easy to use the nurse/practitioner simply selects the chosen temperature setting according to the patients skin type, places the patents arm in the double walled polythene glove and selects start. The patient will feel the warm air fill the glove up and vent away through a single slit perforation and after 3 minutes the machine will automatically stop with an alert sound.

Patient Clinical Considerations
With extended courses of treatment such as chemotherapy repeated cannulation is often required. Airglove can benefit fragile or hidden veins by warming the local area which gently raises the veins allowing for the insertion of the cannula. This reduces the time taken, costs and the number of attempts required which is more comfortable for both the patient and nurse/practitioner.

Patient Comfort
In addition to the benefits of easier cannulisation Airglove can help to make the patient more comfortable and relaxed with its gentle warming system with the confidence that the nurse practitioner will be able to access their veins.

Temperature Settings
The temperature can be selected to suit each skin type sensitive 31.5C, normal 35.5C or slightly heavier 38.5C with the Airglove automatically re-setting itself to normal skin type (setting 2: 35.5C) after each use. After 3 minutes the Airglove unit automatically switches off with an alert sound.

Patient Safety
No more improvisation with warm water, heat packs or even heated towels to try and gain access to patients veins which can be a Health & Safety issue.

Approved Medical Device
Airglove has taken 5 years of development, research, testing and trials by Green Cross Medico in conjunction with NHS Innovations South East and The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust hospital. It was developed as there was a clearly defined and acknowledged need by medical professionals at The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust hospital oncology department. Further trials will be starting shortly with Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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