February 10, 2019 10:48 PM
Minnesotans are testing a new device to make a common procedure easier.
It's called 'Veinplicity.' It's a small device that sends a current through one's arm to make veins bigger and easier to find.
As much as patients don't like having to be struck more than once getting an IV, health care providers want it to be as easy and simple for people.
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The product has already been used in Europe and now it is being tested in Minnesota.
For patients getting an IV inserted, it's especially painful when it takes multiple tries. It also makes them more susceptible to infection.
The company behind 'Veinplicity', Physeon, is based in Switzerland. When they wanted to bring the device to the United States, they started with Minnesota.
Mary Kay Sobcinski is helping manage the clinical trials at Mayo Clinic, Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Midwest Immunology in Plymouth.
"Minnesota is a premier market for medical device companies," she said. "There are lots and lots of smart people here who know how to design devices, run clinical trials, how to work with regulators and how to bring really innovative and important valuable devices to the medical device market."
Mayo Clinic recently took over the lead in the clinical trial. They need 246 patients to participate.
If all goes well, they hope to collect enough data to obtain FDA approval by November or December. Shortly after that, it's possible they will be seen at a hospital or clinic.
Updated: February 10, 2019 10:48 PM
Created: February 10, 2019 10:21 PM
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