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Dartmouth Medical School Faculty Member and Anesthesiologist Invents Revolutionary Catheter System Designed to Increase Rate of Successful IV Insertions by 75 Percent
Date:10/16/2009

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Balch Hill Medical, Inc. of Hanover, New Hampshire, today announced the development of its new PrecisionThread IV Catheter System, which is designed to increase the rate of successful IV insertions by over 75%. According to the company, which grew out of the Dartmouth Medical School and Mary Hitchcock Clinic, the PrecisionThread IV Catheter design dramatically reduces the two main causes of IV insertion failure: premature cannula threading and vessel backwall puncture.

The inventor of the PrecisionThread System is Dr. Christopher Wiley, a faculty member at the Dartmouth Medical School, an anesthesiologist for over 30 years.

"We have 26 operating rooms at the Hitchcock Clinic where I practice," said Wiley. "And although we have a very skilled staff, over the years I observed that failed IV insertions were delaying surgical procedures, causing undue patient discomfort, and consuming valuable resources. I designed the PrecisionThread System based on my own experience and observations that premature cannula threading and backwall punctures were the two biggest barriers to successful IV insertion."

Dartmouth was supportive of Wiley's ideas and the two parties decided to commercialize his breakthrough IV design -- with the goal of improving the success rate for this very common procedure. Wiley and his partner, Balch Hill Medical CEO Martin Doyle, turned to some of New England's highly skilled metal and materials engineering and fabrication firms and worked with them to produce the PrecisionThread System.

"They were able to take my ideas for improving current IV catheter designs, and put them on their 3D computer modeling platforms," Wiley explained. "Once we settled on an optimum configuration for performance and manufacturing, the software automatically drove the metal and molding machines to precisely produce our advanced design. It was a remarkable combination of medical experien
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