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Bedside Innovation Meets Manufacturing Muscle to Create a New Way of Protecting Patients from IV Infiltrations
[October 12, 2017]

Bedside Innovation Meets Manufacturing Muscle to Create a New Way of Protecting Patients from IV Infiltrations

Clinicians looking to minimize pain associated with IV infiltrations and improve rest and healing will now have a new product to support practice through a collaboration between the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Medline. The SeeIV™, a flexible IV site cover with a see-through window and noiseless closure, debuted today at the ANCC Magnet Conference in Houston.

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Each year, more than 25 million IV lines are placed in hospital patients across the United States. Experts say this intervention is used in at least 44 percent of pediatric patients. For years, nurses have used products similar to an elbow brace to keep the line covered to prevent tinkering or accidental bumping. Two nurses and a clinical safety manager at CHOP knew there had to be a better way, so they partnered with the hospital's Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OEI) and began to develop a innovative solution, the SeeIV.

From Concept to Commercialization

Medline and CHOP already had a history of collaboration so it was a natural fit for their teams to work together to develop and scale this solution. The SeeIV is the latest example of how the company collaborates with and listens to clinicians as an innovation partner.

"This is a great example of how collaboration in healthcare can make a lasting impact on the field at large," says Teri Burke, senior product manager for patient apparel innovation, Medline. "The CHOP team could not have been more passionate and determined to create the best possible solution for young patients."

Booth Highlights

On Oct. 12 at 12:15 p.m. CDT (News - Alert), the CHOP team will lead a presentation at booth #1547 about what sparked the SeeIV and how other clinicians can take problem solving to the next level. In addition, Medline will focus on solutions to care for the caregiver and standardized practice through design to care for patients throughout the conference. An innovation immersion lab will also allow clinicians to give hands-on clinical feedback on some of the company's newest products currently under development.

CHOP and Medline are now developing a pilot to better understand how the SeeIV can help improve delivery of care among clinicians, patients and families. To learn more about how the SeeIV became reality through nurse innovation and is designed to drive patient and clinician impact, check out

Read more about how to partner with Medline on new innovation and design at

About Medline

Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,400 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on its social media channels.

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