As the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, while reaching out to other hospitals to learn how they were dealing with various scenarios, the team at Cleveland Clinic discovered nurses were pulling IV poles and lines outside of the ICU room doors to minimize PPE use and patient exposure. Learning of this, Hartman saw an additional application for the High-Line and immediately reached out to Albert for guidance.
“I remember Jane running to my office and saying, Nancy, we have a new use for the High-Line to keep lines off the floor. It took COVID to make it happen, but the needs during that time allowed us to step forward in leaps and bounds,” said Albert. “As soon as we started giving prototypes to ICU nurses, they loved it and started asking for more.”
While the original run of the prototype was put into use in Cleveland Clinic facilities in mid-2020, Hartman also began working with Amanda Wochele and Bill Kolosi, associate director of med tech marketing and business development and product development manager for Cleveland Clinic Innovations, to seek a license partner to manufacture, market and distribute the High-Line device for broader use.