Nose clip for nose bleeds

Nose clip for nose bleeds

Nosebleed compression clips

People who don’t have a design background but have expertise in a specific discipline also come up with some of the best ideas. Dr. Wendy Minks is one of them. She was a finalist in the Design Council Spark competition last year for her product concept, a noseclip to aid in the treatment of nosebleeds. We talked with Wendy to learn more about the transition from doctor to entrepreneur.
A hardworking junior doctor rushing to answer a pager call in a crowded hospital is unlikely to be the sort of person who submits ideas to Design Council Spark, our product accelerator and fund. However, one of the finalists who won a share of the £200K investment last year was exactly such a doctor.
Dr. Wendy Minks, a maxillo-facial surgery trainee, was dissatisfied. It was 3 a.m. in 2011, and she was answering her hundredth pager call. And the issue that sparked this early-morning scramble… a nosebleed.
It’s a little-known fact that 15% of nosebleed sufferers in the United Kingdom need emergency care to avoid bleeding. In some cases, a full admission is required. Sometimes, the only choice is to undergo painful procedures such as cauterization of the infected blood vessel or ‘nose-packing.’ The treatment involves the clinician inserting special tampons or strips of gauze into the nasal cavity to add pressure to the walls of the nostrils. It is used as a last resort when the bleeding puts the patient at risk of losing consciousness.

How to stop a nose bleed

The invention takes the form of a bifurcated clip with opposing legs bound by a bight section to gently urge the distal ends of the legs against each other in a desired embodiment to treat nose bleed. The ends of the clip, and thus the medicated pads disposed on the clip ends, are slipped into the nose in the event of nose bleed, and the distal end of each leg is supplied with an absorbent pad significantly saturated with a vasoconstrictive agent. The pads come into contact with the parts of the nasal mucosa that lie on the septum immediately within the nostrils, and are the cause of most nose bleeds. A stop element on at least one of the legs prevents the clip ends from being inserted deeper into the nasal cavity than is safe. The clip’s gentle pressure and the vasoconstrictive agent’s action on the mucosa work together to keep bleeding under control. Finger pressure on the clip’s external portions or the external surfaces of the tip of the nose will increase the pressure exerted by the clip.

What to do during a nosebleed

The RhinoPinch® Nasal Clip is a cushioned, flexible plastic clip that fits snugly and securely around the nose while applying pressure to the region just below the bridge to avoid blood flow during a nosebleed. Non-clinicians may use it in first-aid situations at home, at work, or at school. Product highlights include: Product Number:
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How to stop a nosebleed

The RhinoPinch® is a two-layer, cushioned, flexible plastic nose clip that applies pressure to the nose region (just below the bridge of the nose) to avoid blood flow during nasal bleeds.
The RhinoPinch® is a two-layer, cushioned, flexible plastic nose clip that applies pressure to the nose region (just below the bridge of the nose) to avoid blood flow during nasal bleeds.
Individually wrapped, the nose clip is made of a single piece of moulded plastic with ten adjustable catch points to match all nose sizes. It also applies only enough pressure to stop nose blood flow while remaining relaxed.
Nose bleeds are normally not dangerous, but they can be aggravating if they occur often. The RhinoPinch nasal clip is simple to use, painless, and can stop nose bleeding in as little as 10 minutes; however, some users can need three attempts.
The nasal clip was created by MDTi in collaboration with Dr. Akuafo Agbenyega, Clinical Teaching and Research Fellow, in collaboration with NHS Ayrshire & Aran and Scottish Health Innovations Ltd, and has NHS Scotland Endorsement.