Wiggle bag central venous catheter safety harness

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Telegraph & Argus report “A pioneering device developed through a partnership between a Bradford charity and a university looks set to greatly improve quality of care for child cancer patients. The product, dubbed a wiggle bag, features central line catheters safely and comfortably hidden away in a harness, while still delivering medication, including chemotherapy, to the child, aged up to eight. It has been developed through a partnership between Little Heroes Cancer Trust based at Park View Court, Shipley, and the University of Huddersfield.

Little Heroes helped towards research funding, alongside the University’s own Collaborative Ventures Fund and the Yorkshire Innovation Fund. The Shipley charity has been provided with six prototype harnesses and it will now check it meets a range of British and International standards. If it does, it will then go into commercial production.

The central line catheters, also known as Hickman Lines, are vital to treatment but the tubing protruding from the chest can result in problems, including infection and also discomfort for the child, particularly during sleep.”

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