SyberMed Enterprises LLC launched two new versions of its intravenous-tube-securing device, with the new products aimed at children and infants.
The company’s Linebacker disposable devices are designed to lock in a catheter and IV line with a hook and loop closure. The company says the device is stronger, more comfortable and more secure than medical tape. The device comes with a strap that allows for customization for patients.
The new products are called “Linebacker Peds” and “Linebacker Neonatal,” and they feature shorter straps than the adult version, according to a statement from the company.
“Moving into the pediatric and neonatal markets was an obvious direction for Linebacker,” said CEO Dr. David Sybert. “Young patients tend to have issues with tape, including irritation and painful removal, because their skin is more fragile.”
Sybert is also chairman of the department of anesthesia at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The company got its start with assistance from OhioHealth’s technology commercialization program. Riverside is one of 17 hospitals in the OhioHealth system.
SyberMed joins a fairly small group of companies that make medical devices for children, a much smaller and less lucrative market than adult devices.
Lacking devices made just for children, doctors often modify adult devices, sometimes causing their tiny patients discomfort, pain or injury. Other times, the modified devices — most often used “off label” or for uses unapproved by regulators — fail to work properly.
Cleveland entrepreneur Tim Moran last year launched PediaWorks, a not-for-profit organization that works with medical professionals to develop pediatric medical devices and then spin off for-profit companies to commercialize those devices. PediaWorks’ first venture is a pediatric catheter company, a partnership with a Japanese devicemaker.