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Patient creates a comfortable IV needle

Shared by Marie Esmenio on 2014-10-16 19:36

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After undergoing a simple knee surgery, Bob was nine days into recovery when he had what he believed to be a heart attack. In the days that followed, he suffered a pulmonary embolism and eventually ended up back in the hospital for 17 days. While in the hospital Bob struggled to sleep at night, which he eventually realized was due to his fear of displacing the IV in his sleep.

This sparked the idea for an innovation that would keep IVs securely in place on a patient’s hand, and would be a better solution than simply taping the tubing down. The next day, as Bob filled out his insurance paperwork, he turned the form over and began sketching his idea. Showing the sketch to a few of the nurses who had cared for him, Bob received extremely positive and excited responses, and he vowed to them, "Someday, I will make it for you." Bob has made good on his promise with the invention of Site Saver®, a device that attaches the IV needle and tubing to the patient’s hand securely and comfortably. He hopes to see it not only benefit healthcare professionals, who must frequently replace lost IVs – costing both time and money – but most importantly, improve care for patients who, like him, find themselves dependent on an IV to save their life.

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About the author

Throughout his life, Bob Heitkamp has enjoyed tinkering with machinery, tools and processes, but never imagined he’d dive into full-on inventing – until unexpected and unfortunate events sparked an incredible idea, which he had in 2012.

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