29 Sep 2012

Science City helps GMED-UK bring innovative wound dressing to the market


Medical device company G-MED UK was able to bring to market an innovative wound dressing after Newcastle Science City secured funding to take the product through a rapid prototyping phase.

Hospitals across the region are now using the new Arterial Fixation Device – an idea which was born from the experience of two intensive care nurses from University Hospital of North Durham and developed by Ged McGonnell, managing director of G-MED.

G-MED’s new dressing has been designed to reduce the clinical risks associated with arterial catheters which can cause many serious complications, including haemorrhage, necrosis and infection if not managed properly. By using colour-coding, improved adhesive, a date panel and window area in the cannula dressing, the new design reduces the risk of accidental injections of medicines into the arterial line, accidental removal of the cannula and allows medics to check for early signs of infection.

The dressing is already being used on the wards at County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust and will soon become available to other NHS Trusts across the country before being rolled out to mainland Europe. It is being also being entered for the National Patient Safety Awards.

Ged McGonnell said: “If it hadn’t been for Newcastle Science City then our products would still just be pictures on a computer screen. The business support team has guided us through the whole process using their networks and sector knowledge and it has proved a very smooth and easy way of getting our product in front of the right people. We are now working on a series of other ideas that all stem from problem-solving within the healthcare sector.”


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