ThreadRiteIV Catheter

The University of Pittsburgh is developing the ThreadRiteIV Catheter to improve the placement of peripheral intravenous catheters. These catheters are widely used for drug delivery in healthcare, but often require multiple attempts for insertion. ThreadRite detects blood vessels through a sophisticated system that measures differences in electrical resistance, and instantaneously alerts the operator of vessel entry via a light, audible, and vibratory signal. This eliminates the dependence on blood return for confirmation of insertion.