The Tookie Vest is a patient and clinician driven innovation, designed to support patients fitted with a Central Venous Catheter (CVC) undergoing haemodialysis (HD) to provide enhanced line security. The Tookie Vest is designed to help prevent catheter displacement but also to aid the patients to continue to live ‘#ALifeMoreNormal’ as the vest helps to discretely secure the lines, offering modesty and dignity, freedom, independence and reassurance.
The Tookie Vest was originally designed to prevent inadvertent catheter fallout in paediatric oncology patients, a product that was supported by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN through funding and access to specialist clinical and design advice.
The AHSN for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) have since provided support and advice via ‘The Innovation Pathway’ for the development of the adult HD vest.
The key outcome is the development of a wearable medical device which is CE Marked and ready for a qualitative and quantitative evaluation study, which ultimately could assist 25,000 adults with a CVC for HD across the UK (Source: Renal Registry). The proof of concept pilot study is planned to start by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.
MedConNecT North have also facilitated further connections with clinicians, and Tookie are now working with the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle with Dr Yincent Tse and Dr Heather Lambert, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologists. Together they have developed a paediatric version of the Renal Vest, which has also been CE marked.
In addition, Tookie Limited has been awarded an NHS Supply Chain Framework contract for Tookie products which is now live and has recently achieved ISO 9001 status.