A medical device that helps to prevent wrong-route injections has won the Medical and Life Sciences Award at the first ever Made in Wales Awards in Cardiff.
The Hall Lock system (pictured) from Flexicare Medical, developed in partnership with clinicians at Cardiff University, is a series of connectors designed to reduce the risk of potentially lethal misconnections.
The system was developed in response to the increasing number of fatalities due to wrong-route injections of intravenous drugs and anaesthetics.
The cross-sectional shapes of the Hall Lock connectors are not compatible with each other or with a standard luer connector, presenting a mechanical obstacle to misconnection.
Hash Poormand, Flexicare’s Business Development Director, commented: “The Hall Lock System is a truly Welsh idea inspired by Cardiff University Hospital and designed by Flexicare in Wales.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of shaping the future of patient safety. This award recognises that innovation can be taken from concept to market with all the expertise required right in the heart of Wales.”
In a keynote speech at the Made in Wales Awards, Cheryl Gillan, Secretary of State for Wales, said: “The innovation recognised at the awards today is inspiring and I want to congratulate each and every winner: they are first-class examples of how Wales can contribute to new technologies and private sector growth.
“SMEs in Wales have a critical role to play in supporting the economy in Wales and I am clear that the UK Government is here to provide support to help companies succeed.”
Based in Mountain Ash, Flexicare Medical manufactures medical devices across a range of product areas including anaesthesia, critical care, breathing systems, suction, resuscitation, continence care and colostomy.