Dab of super glue could save hospitals 'billions'

A SIMPLE dab of super glue could provide the solution to what is being claimed as a multi-billion dollar problem plaguing hospitals around the world.

Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation (QEMRF) researchers say they have found a quick fix for catheters coming out in patients.

Dr Simon Bugden and his Intravenous Lines-Glue Or Not Experiment (IVL-GONE) research team have established that superglue will hold intravenous catheters in place more safely and securely than the usual sticky tape.

Normally one-third of IV lines get blocked, are pulled out, or fall out which can cause pain, leakage and potential infection.

Dr Bugden said the research would help make hospitals safer.

"IV lines that are blocked, pulled out or fall out can pose significant health risks to both patients and staff," Dr Bugden said.

"Blood can leak onto patients clothing and bedding, causing stress and putting staff at risk if they come into contact with it.

"On occasion, these complications can even lead to life-threatening illness.

"By holding IV catheters in place with a small dab of glue, the risks are significantly cut.

"This research could reduce costs and improve hospital hygiene and safety throughout Australia and the world."

The IVL-GONE trial has been carried out at Caboolture Hospital thanks to a $50,000 grant from QEMRF.

QEMRF Director Stephen Priestley said the project was a shining example of the positive difference made by supporting research in public hospitals.

"Queensland public hospital researchers are striving to improve front-line medical treatment to help the one in three Australians who have to go to an emergency department each year," Dr Priestley said.

"Our grants are directed to research that improves waiting times, patient care and efficiencies in emergency departments across the state."


Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation was set up in 2007 to fund research in public hospitals focused on improving patient care in Emergency Departments.

QEMRF receives $2 million annual funding from the Queensland Government and has awarded more than $7.3 million in research grants ranging up to $750,000 over three years.

Queensland hospitals admit almost 1,000,000 patients, provide more than 1,500,000 emergency services and about 3,500,000 outpatient services a year.

In February 2013, Queensland's free Emergency Departments treated more than 97,000 patient presentations.[1]

For more information visit: www.qemrf.org.au.

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