Placing a central venous catheter, or a central line, in patients is a common procedure for physicians, but not an easy one. In fact, mistakes happen up to 10 percent of the time and cost U.S. hospitals an estimated $4.5 billion each year.
With its Ballistra Guidewire Advancer, the Acantha Medical team – made up of Yale students and faculty – hopes to eliminate many of those complications and make the procedure much safer. In less than two years, the start-up has attracted a number of investors and accolades. Most recently, it won a $15,000 prize from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and VentureWell.
YaleNews article here.