Needle-Free Arterial Non-Injectable Connector (NIC)
Potential problems with arterial lines that could lead to patient harm were highlighted in the 2008 National Patient Safety Agency Rapid Response Report. This included confusion of arterial and venous lines leading to medication errors. Errors with sampling such as excess blood spillage.
Bacterial contamination of the arterial line. Incidents related to arterial line medication errors are rare but consequences are often very severe, causing serious damage to the arterial blood vessels and surrounding tissue in the hand, and it can lead to amputation.
Incident cost examples
Savings associated with eliminating medication errors
Near miss – £57/incident – cost of time taken to report and document incident.
Incident with no lasting harm – £2230/incident – cost of additional time needed in critical care, medications, surgery, radiology, staff time.
Incident with lasting harm – > £4000 per incident (> £10,000 with amputation) – cost of additional time needed in critical care, medications, surgery, radiology, staff time.
How to order?
Provider organisations will order the NIC direct from the supplier (AmDel Medical). Supplier will invoice NHS England for the devices, who will pay for the devices. No cost outlay to the provider organisations.