Table Allows Doctors to Perform Complex Procedures on Infants with More Confidence
Marcus Snow, M.D.
Infant positioning is the critical factor for simple things like giving a baby medication or taking a temperature. Successfully completing a more complex procedure, like a lumbar puncture, requires both a skilled doctor and a skilled positioner.
A lumbar puncture is an essential procedure that allows doctors to rule out brain and spine infections. Lumbar punctures are especially difficult to perform on a screaming, thrashing infant.
During his pediatric residency, Marcus Snow, M..D, came to realize that baby positioning was the critical factor for a successful lumbar puncture. He designed a table that keeps babies safe by easily positioning the infant.
He partnered with Tridien Medical and developed infant lumbar puncture support. Using hook and loop fasteners and soft foam positioning pads, the device gently holds the baby in place, can be adjusted to fit each patient, makes possible an entire infant procedure system and is disposable after each use.
UNeMed’s partner, Tridien Medical Devices, is ready to manufacture the infant lumbar puncture kit. UNeMed is seeking medical device distributors interested in distributing the infant lumbar puncture board.
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Infant Surgical Table
An infant is more at risk for a bacterial meningitis infection in their first month than the rest of their life. Lumbar puncture is the only way to rule out bacterial meningitis as the cause of a fever. Infant lumbar puncture requires an assistant to position and hold the infant. Proper positioning is the critical factor for patient safety, successfully completing the procedure and avoiding a traumatic tap that contaminates the spinal fluid with blood.
Current practice involves an assistant physically restraining the infant in the correct position, all the while balancing between excessive and ineffective force. Optimal restraint for an infant undergoing lumbar puncture requires particular skill both from the doctor and the assistant. By positioning infants in a correct, precise way, the Infant Lumbar Puncture Board can significantly improve results by ensuring the infant is positioned correctly – every time.
The Infant Lumbar Puncture Board is a system of Velcro-secured positioning system that interfaces with a soft, sturdy board to position an infant of any size for lumbar puncture. The three positioning cushions are made from a soft foam that can be packaged in a vacuum sealed pouch with a standard LP procedure tray. The foam board can be built for single use, limited use or reusability.
UNeMed, working closely with Omaha’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, has completed the first half of a pilot study that demonstrates the device’s effectiveness and strong physician interest. Preliminary results indicate that the device quickly facilitates successful Lumbar Puncture and often on the first attempt. Physician reaction has been strongly positive with physicians finding the device meets their expectations and that it is easy to use.
Features Revealed In The Study:
Easy to use: physicians and nurses find the adjustable system of petitioners intuitive to use and easy to adjust for patient comfort
Comfortable: babies positioned by the device demonstrated lower stress an agitation
Affordable: the device is built from single-use materials and can be packaged in a variety of ways to make the device economically disposable
Effective: the device ensures accurate positioning every time with minimal reliance on the skill of an assistant
Scalable: the study has demonstrated proof of concept for an entire line of passive restraint devices for a variety of procedures