Safe Place IV device


Intravenous products: report “A South Tyneside electronics company is helping keep premature babies alive after clinching part of a pioneering NHS contract. Workers at Summit 1 Technology, based at Bede Industrial Estate, Jarrow, are involved in the development of the Safe Place device, which helps doctors position neonatal intravenous catheters.

Apart from helping protect young lives, the contract will safeguard more than than 50 jobs at the borough firm, a circuit board specialist. The device was developed by the Regional Medical Physics Department and the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Summit 1 Technology, which was created after a management buy-out at the former Mitsumi factory several years ago, brought its design and technical support to the project, which was co-ordinated by NHS Innovations North in Sunderland.

The Jarrow firm then worked in partnership with Classic Industries Europe to produce the final product for the licensee, Vygon UK.

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