Video: IQ-Tip® Intelligent Needle for Safer and Faster Punctures

Video demonstrates how real-time spinal fluid identification supports performing safe lumbar punctures using Injeq products.

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Helping You Do No Harm

Lumbar puncture

For Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Precision increases chances of recovery

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer type diagnosed in children. During the treatment; up to 20 lumbar punctures may be performed on each patient (European ALLTogether treatment protocol).

Each puncture is a challenge in itself: the needle tip must be precisely inserted into the spinal canal, the puncture must be neither too deep nor too superficial. At the same time, all unnecessary needle movements must be avoided. It is essential to minimize the risk of bleeding and prevent cancer cells from entering the spinal canal.

With a precise lumbar puncture, the risk of relapse of the disease in the central nervous system region may be essentially reduced. Precision in punctures can therefore improve the prognosis and chances of complete recovery from ALL.

Smart digital technology for high quality CSF samples

The smart digital technology of the Injeq IQ-Tip® system helps physicians to detect when the needle tip reaches the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and can therefore reduce traumatic lumbar punctures. Designed to significantly reduce the risk of touching the highly vascularized back wall of the spinal canal, the system indicates the presence of CSF at the needle tip with an audiovisual alarm.

Knowing that the needle tip is in the right place, you can protect the patient and get higher quality CSF samples while avoiding repeated, inconvenient punctures. Fewer blood-tinged CSF samples prevent unnecessary delays in diagnosis, may help avoid unnecessary additional chemotherapy, and in the long term, diminish the risk of relapse of the disease. As the Injeq IQ-Tip® delivers significant benefits for the treatment of patients, it will also reduce costs now and in the future.

Diagnosing

For Diagnosing Neonatal Meningitis

Working in an emergency room, the pressure to achieve a fast diagnosis is high 24 hours a day, which means you routinely have to make quick decisions.

When you have a patient with suspected neonatal meningitis, it is imperative to quickly obtain a CSF sample for diagnosis. Although lumbar puncturing is basically an established and simple procedure, performing it on a neonate while under pressure involves risks.

Easier and smoother puncturing

According to clinical studies, only 45-54% of lumbar punctures performed on neonatal babies are successful. Traumatic lumbar punctures occur very frequently, in 30%-46% of cases, depending on how the condition is defined (>500 or >1000 erythrocytes/μL). Besides pain, failed punctures resulting in poor-quality samples cause delays in diagnosis and additional expenses, as the patient may have to stay longer in intensive care.

The smart Injeq IQ-Tip® system will help you improve your first puncture success rate and perform lumbar punctures more smoothly. Obtaining high-quality CSF samples becomes significantly easier as the smart Injeq IQ-Tip® system tells you when the needle tip reaches the CSF in the subarachnoid space.

High quality saves lives

The Injeq IQ-Tip® system has been evaluated also in the lumbar punctures of 29 neonates. In this study, conducted in two university hospitals, a CSF sample was successfully obtained in 75% of the neonatal punctures. The Injeq IQ-Tip® system can substantially improve your puncture success rate in neonatal CSF samples, leading to faster diagnosis and treatment, and eventually saving little lives.

20

Lumbar Punctures

Treatment for ALL-type leukemia requires several lumbar punctures, usually around 20 per patient. Performing every single one of them successfully is important.

200

Measurements/Second

When performing a lumbar puncture, approaching the spinal canal carefully is paramount. Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle measures 200 times per second whether the tip is in contact with spinal fluid.

–2700€

/Day

A delayed diagnosis puts the patient at risk, and is likely to increase the overall costs. Keeping a child at intensive care may cost potentially €2700 a day. Increased confidence to perform the required procedure immediately will improve the patient care.

Better Treatment with Pioneering Technology

Injeq needle

Injeq IQ-Tip® system

Injeq IQ-Tip® system is based on more than ten years of innovation, research, and field studies.

Pioneering detection technology provides real-time information from the tissue where the needle tip is. This information helps to avoid traumatic lumbar punctures and reduce the risk of blood tinged spinal fluid samples. Bleeding into the spinal canal during a lumbar puncture may worsen the prognosis of a leukemia patient as the cancer cells from blood may enter the central nervous system. Injeq’s aim is to avoid these traumatic punctures. Using Injeq IQ-Tip® system gives confidence in critical punctures and may also enable performing more punctures without general anesthesia.

Know Exactly Where the Tip Is

Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle facilitates your work by alerting the physician with an audio alarm when the spinal fluid has been reached. You know exactly where the tip of the smart needle is, and when it has reached the spinal canal. Whether you are a seasoned medical professional or a recent medical school graduate, Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle enables you with more accuracy and confidence in performing a lumbar puncture.

With Injeq IQ-Tip® it is possible to get the puncture right the first time, every time.

Injeq needle screen

Because Every Procedure Matters

Right the first time.

Avoid unnecessary needle movements in spinal area.

Smoother puncture to minimize inconvenience to the patient.

Enabling technology for further applications.

Behind The Smart and Caring Needle

patient child

Injeq Ltd.

Injeq was founded when a group of experts in the fields of technology and medicine identified a solution for a well-known medical need – to make lumbar punctures safer and more precise. The vision of a smart needle was further developed to a fully-formed idea, and from there to clinical research at neonatal intensive care units.

Now Injeq has a clinically proven product soon ready for the market, based on unique, tried and tested technology. Injeq IQ-Tip® spinal needle is the leading product in its field, offering safer, faster and smoother procedures through real-time information.

Our staff consists of professionals with expertise in a wide range of fields, including medical research, signal processing, clinical research, European regulation, and various areas of production, quality assurance and corporate management.

We have an active corporate board, that includes the original developers of the innovation complemented with external experts. The board members support the operational organization and participate actively in company development.

The main benefits of our smart needle – Precision, Care and Confidence – are present in everything we do and what we want to offer our clients.

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