Since our founding in 2007, SIYA, Inc has serviced over 1,000 patients directly or through major children’s hospitals across the US and world-wide including Canada, Australia, the UK and Europe.
Karen Alyea, is a retired PACU RN, current APHON (Association of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Nurses) member and an accomplished seamstress. In 2005 Karen designed a solution to address the concerns many parents have about access their critically-ill child may have to the catheter lines.
Parent’s of critically-ill toddlers have many concerns when it comes to central lines:
1) The access the child has to the surgically implanted line in the center of the chest. The child could touch and play with the lines. Some younger children even put the line in their mouth.
2) If the lines of the catheter are not properly managed the lumens may dangle near the bacteria-rich diaper area.
3) If the catheter is not properly managed the lines of the catheter may twisting, which could lead to line breaks. Tampering or snagging of the lines could lead to accidental dislodgement could lead to additional surgical interventions.
4) Children with gastrointestinal issues or other complicated illness, may also have additional surgically implanted medical devices to deal with compounding all the issues. These may include g-buttons, g-tubes or colostomy bags.
The solutions offered at hospitals are not ideal:
Many times hospitals use excessive surgical tape to secure the lines to the child’s body. Repeated use of tape can lead to skin breakdown and is painful to remove.
2) Gauze Netting:
Hospitals may use gauze netting and weave the lines and lumens through the holes in the gauze. This solution is ineffective.
3) Ace bandage:
Hospitals will wrap a child with an ace bandage to secure the lines and lumens. This is uncomfortable for the child and many children end up with creases on the body. Additionally, it is difficult to quickly access the lumens or view the surgical site.
Karen’s design wrapped the lines of the central venous catheter around the child’s body to the back, using soft fabric and providing padding to provide comfort to the child and encourage mobility. Karen, as a nurse, added some unique features that provided easy access to the lumens for administration of medicine, and color coded tabs that matched the lumens for easy identification by hospital staff and caregivers. Since the creation of the Pediatric Central Line Protector Karen has been approached by many parents with requests to develop products for their special needs child.