Connected Syringe Accessory
Challenge: Medication dosing errors are not uncommon in neonatal and early pediatric patients. Current methods for measuring drug volume within a syringe are susceptible to both human and equipment error. When administering very small amounts of a drug, as is common for neonatal and pediatric patients, it becomes increasingly difficult to get an accurate measurement. Dr. Eckel of Assure Technologies wanted to create a solution that would provide a more accurate and precise measurement of drug volume and improve patient safety by reducing medication errors.
Approach: Gilero was tasked with developing a syringe accessory that could use standard syringes and measure the exchange of drug volume in and out of the syringe. Before starting concept development, we researched the workflow of pharmacists and clinicians when preparing or administering a medication. Understanding current workflows and benchmarking similarities helped us to determine how a connected syringe accessory might fit into a hospital or pharmacy setting and be adopted by users. We then researched possible technologies based on cost, form factor, power consumption and scalability. Based on that research, our engineers chose the most appropriate technology to develop engineering models, electrical engineering documentation, firmware, and then a prototype. Our team was able to design, develop and build prototypes to demonstrate the capabilities of this connected medical device. Product development is in progress.
Outcome: Precynge, as the device is called, can precisely measure small volumes of a drug without relying upon gravimetric or manual measurement. The final iteration of Precynge will be handheld and rechargeable with an easy-to-read display and many other connected features that will streamline workflows and reduce medication errors.