- Year 2013
The starting point for the project was to design a pean that grip the tube with no risk for cutting it off, is clearly visible and comfortable to handle. Here are some user insights from a dialysis ward, where peans are frequently used every day.
- The hemostatic forceps sometimes end up in the trash by mistake when disposable tubes are discarded after completion of treatment.
- Some types of existing hemostatic forceps damage and sometimes even cut the tubes because of too sharp edges.
- Many nurses suffer hand injuries because of frequent handling with knobs and clamps.
- Hemostatic forceps is an ergonomic alternative to clamps since they require less force.
The concept Grip Clip has a handle with room for the index finger and soft comfortable surfaces. The green color of the pean makes it stand out clearly against the surrounding equipment that is often color-coded red (arterial) and blue (vein). The gripping area has a flat surface with room for a compressed tube. The tip can be used to grab hold of the small caps found on tubing sets, which can be difficult to open.