Summer's Lifeguard, a Medical Device for Infants and Toddlers with Cancer Launches During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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First of its kind, developed to provide comfort and safety to young, critically-ill children with central venous catheters (CVC) or portacaths.

SIYA, Inc announces that Summer's Lifeguard, a central line/port wrap, is now cleared as an FDA Class I exempt medical device and the introduction of an infant and two toddler sizes.

Summer's Lifeguard is a cotton under-garment type vest that young children being treated for cancer or other life-threatening diseases should wear to protect the central venous catheter (CVC) or portacath that is surgically implanted in their chest. The catheters are critical to the care of these young children, used for the administration of chemotherapy, antibiotics, total parenteral nutrition, and blood sampling. Young children tend to pull or play with the lines coming out of their chest, or the lines hang in the diaper area of these critically-ill patients. The lines can twist or break leading to further complications or surgical procedures.    

Summer's Lifeguard is designed to solve some of the problems associated with central line use in toddlers and infants by wrapping the lines around the body of the child to place them out-of-reach of hands or mouths while keeping them away from the diaper area. The patent-pending design also provides comfort to the child by easing stress on the tender skin where the catheter is implanted and provides an extra layer of protection for the sterile dressing against drools or spills. The wrap's color-coded tabs match the colored lumens for easy identification and access by care-givers and hospital staff to administer medication to the child.

"We use Summer's Lifeguard as part of standard care procedures for all our toddlers with cancer." says Jennifer Sheiner, RN, Hematology/Oncology, at a top children's hospital in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. "This device helps decrease the risk of complications due to lines hanging in the diaper area and prevents the tubing from twisting which can cause the line to occlude and sometimes break, involving further surgical intervention to replace. As a nurse I like the wrap because each tab is labeled with the color of the lumen making it easy to draw labs or know in which lumen to start a medication."

The wrap is available in three sizes: Infant (chest size 16" - 18"/40.6 - 45.7 cm), Toddler S (Chest size 19" - 22"/48.3 - 55.9 cm) or Toddler M (Chest size 23" - 25"/58.4 - 63.5 cm) and now FDA cleared as a class 1 exempt medical device.

Parents and care-givers at hospitals that don't offer Summer's Lifeguard can purchase a wrap for their child for $124.99 at the website http://www.summerslifeguard.com and through October 31, 2009 10% of all sales at the website will be donated to curesearch.org in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

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