S.E.A. Medical Systems, Inc. is a privately held medical device company dedicated to making intravenous (IV) drug delivery safer for patients. We are developing medical devices that catch serious or life-threatening intravenous drug errors before they harm patients.
Intravenous drug delivery is the most powerful route to administer drugs but when things go wrong, it has the most devastating consequences. "To Err Is Human", a landmark study released in 20002, focused attention on the startling cost of medical error in patient injury and death and extra medical costs. It estimated that "7,000 people are killed in U.S. hospitals each year when they receive the wrong medicine or the wrong dosage"9. Medication errors are estimated to injure at least 1.5 million people every year and cost hospitals $3.5B in additional hospitalization costs1.
Adverse drug events (ADEs) cost large hospitals up to $5.6M per year; $10-20,000 additional medical cost per incident. Sixty-one percent of the most serious and life threatening potential medication errors are IV related and 58% of IV errors happen during drug administration12.
S.E.A. Medical is guided by the following principles:
- respect for medical professionals and the complexity of their mission,
- compassion for patients and their needless suffering from avoidable drug errors, and
- determination to provide a system that improves safety while fitting elegantly with current practice and systems, to accurately detect and report IV drug errors before they harm patients.
S.E.A. Medical is proud to be part of the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a new public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.
S.E.A. Medical is proud to be a member of BayBio, the industry organization representing over 450 members of Northern California's life science community, and supporting the industry through enterprise development, peer-to-peer experience sharing, advocacy and support of education and workforce development.