Ideas for Life: Cardiff University

To celebrate Universities Week and some of the ground-breaking research work undertaken at Welsh universities, Higher Education Wales is to feature a case study from each of our universities over the coming week to highlight the impact they’re having through creating Ideas for Life.

The following case study is from Cardiff University.

Improving patient safety

The patented Hall Lock system, developed by Professor Judith Hall of the School of Medicine’s Infection and Immunity Institute and produced by Flexicare Medical Ltd, is a novel interlocking shape-coded system that helps prevent the mis-administration of drugs. The device uses shape and colour-coded interlocking fluid couplings which can only link with the correct fitting, rather than the common locking mechanism currently in use and aims to prevent wrong route injections for patients, which, although rare, can be extremely serious.

It is currently the only system with a full range of needles, syringes, manometers and tamper evident caps, meeting the needs of the anaesthetic and pharmaceutical markets.