SME Innovation fund

2018-02-02T12:00:00 0 3
Are you a start-up or a small medium sized enterprise working in the space of delivering improved healthcare? Do you have the potential to change how healthcare is delivered? The SME Innovation Fund can provide the support you need to help your business grow.

Ideas (Publish, Detailed Submission)

Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Airglove patient warming system heats the arm raising fragile/hidden veins providing easier/less painful access.
Overview of Innovation:
Airglove is a unique warming system was developed to enable access to the patients arm for the delivery of intravenous drugs. These patients are some of the most difficult to cannulate who have hidden or fragile veins from continual cycles of chemotherapy. Airglove gently heats up the patients arm as it forces warm air though a double walled polythene glove set at the selected thermal regulation (31.5c, 35.5c, 38.5c) in just 3 minutes. The completed service evaluation by the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust showed 87.5% success in cannulation on first attempt with the most difficult to cannulate patients.  With cannulation success, the potential cost savings on consumables are up to £50k per oncology unit, plus the nursing/practitoners time. Airglove is also currently doing service evaluations in the following hospitals: Royal Stoke, Royal Marsden, UCLH, and Queen Romford.
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)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Wealth creation / Clinical trials and evidence / Innovation and adoption / Patient and medicines safety
Benefit to NHS:
Airglove was developed initially for chemotherapy patients who have hidden or fragile veins and especially in patients who are in their 5th or 6th cycle of therapy.

The use of Airglove affords easier cannulation with fewer attempts being required (sometimes up to 6 attempts by 3 different staff can be attempted to access a difficult vein). This improved ease of access not only makes the patient’s experience far less traumatic, but ensures a better clinical outcome and saves valuable nursing/practitioner staff time and consumables.
Improved hygiene and reduced risk of cross infection will result from the use of Airglove vs currently used methods of locally heating the arm e.g. hot towels or buckets of warm water. Only Airglove’s single use only, double walled polythene sleeve comes into contact with the patient’s skin. Heated air is circulated between the double wall of the sleeve and is not directly blown across the skin and so the risk of cross contamination is reduced. 
Airglove can also be used for other interventions where venous access proves difficult due to fragile or difficult to find veins e.g. routine phlebotomy.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospital. Evidence from trials avaliable to download

"We no longer use buckets of warm water in oncology at MTW as our patients request Airglove now as they prefer it. With an 87.5% success rate in our patiemts service evaluation i can see the results which makes our life so much easier too!"
Keli Tomlin, Macmillian Lead Chemotherapy Unit Manager  – Chemotherapy Unit, The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Hospital Trust

​"Airglove is so comfortable for our patiemts who can be difficult to cannulate with continual chemotherpy cycles. It is so efficent in just 3 minutes the patient is ready for cannulation and then theri trreatment can begin" 

Charlotte Wadey, Macmillian Lead Chemotherapy Nurse  – Chemotherapy Unit, The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Hospital Trust

​"The warming process with Airglove is great  and very easy to use even on our patients with previous multiple cannulation and blood taking attempt.
Julia Dalstrom, Ward Sister, Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Day-care and Ambulatory Care, University College Hospital London

Initial Review Rating
3.40 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The West Midlands patiemts and healthcare system would equally share the benefits as described for the NHS across the UK.
Current and planned activity: 
Currently The Maistone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust uses Airglove in their oncology department and have just completed a Service Evaluation on Airglove. We have Airglove in the following hospitals for service evaluations: Royal Stoke, Royal Marsden, UCLH and Queens Romford. Airglove will be going into the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hopsital and the Dudley Group of Hospitals.

NHS Health Improvement Scotland Evidence Review Commitee has advised Airglove is worthy local evaluation with the Beatson hospital, Glasgow prior to formal IMTO evidence. Airglove application has been approved to submit to NICE  for NICE Advice and NICE Guidance. Submittion has been completed MTW Service Evaluation report.

​Airglove is in process with NHS Supply Chain and NHS Scotland.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Airglove is a registered Trademark

​Airglove is protected by international patents some of which have already been granted and others are in the application stage via our patent attorney Murgitroyd.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
6-12 mon
Ease of scalability: 
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