Rest, physical activity, and psychological well-being play a crucial role in the recovery of patient1,2. However, current infusion therapy technology does not optimally contribute to these factors. At Ivy Medical we symbolize the next generation of infusion therapy with optimizing hospital care as our primary focus. Our mission is to improve the experience for patients and nurses while being pioneers in the industry.
The Ivy Duo+ fundamentally improves the traditional form of infusion therapy. It is an innovative medical product that increases freedom for patients. The infusion pump enables patients to move more and carry out everyday activities independently. Due to the reduced number of alarms, reduced noise levels promote better sleep for patients. For nurses, efficient workflows, a user-friendly interface, and reduction in alarms significantly reduce the workload.
Ivy Medical’s wearable infusion pump provides more freedom of movement, making patients less dependent on nurses. Climbing stairs, going to the hospital restaurant, or taking a walk in the hospital garden become much easier with the Ivy Duo+. Patients are no longer confined to a bed or hooked up to an IV pole. This allows them to move more often and participate in physical therapy; an advantage that is linked to significant improvement in recovery3.
Improving sleep is especially important in hospitalized patients as sleep loss is associated with worse health outcomes1,. Their sleep is however disturbed by the high noise levels in the hospitals, to which alarms of traditional infusion pumps are the main contributors4. These alarms cause the environment of the patient to be stressful and hinders their rest5. By actively preventing unnecessary alarms, the Ivy Duo+ contributes to quality sleep and fosters a sense of security.
By using a backpack instead of an IV pole, people appear less like patients. Patients are more mobile thus can perform more daily activities independently. More mobility can lead to increased physical activity, which is beneficial for the health and recovery6. Being more physical active overall is even associated with a decrease in hospitalisation time2,7.
Whether you want to administer one or two infusion bags, need a high or low flow rate and whether the patient is receiving fluids, medication, or both, nurses can tailor the infusion program completely to the patient’s situation. This allows hospitals to provide more personalized care to patients and nurses gain more control over their daily schedule by being able to plan infusion therapy in advance.
Thanks to Ivy Medical’s patented technology, unnecessary alarms are a thing of the past. The Ivy Duo+ has no drip chamber as it does not need to be in an upright position continuously meaning that it is resistant to impact and toppling over. There’s no need to be concerned about air bubbles in the IV tube because the innovative technology employed means that the Ivy Duo+ expels them automatically. The alarm only goes off if something is actually wrong, which is beneficial because the high noise levels partly created by the alarms are not only stressful for patients, but also for nurses.
For a critically ill patient, nurses can experience even up to 45 alarms in one hour8. This leads to the nurses being overworked, distracted or desensitized by the alarms, also known as alarm fatigue. This can lead to the nurses missing critical alarms and therefore impairs the safety of patients9. With the Ivy Duo+, nurses no longer need to rush as often to turn off the alarm and check the IV.
Pressure on healthcare is high. The Ivy Duo+ reduces this pressure through scheduled switching between IV bags. The intuitive control panel allows nurses to determine the correct program and set the correct flow rate. Need to administer a fluid for a longer period of time and at a fixed frequency over several hours? The Ivy Duo+ facilitates this, making health care less ad hoc and easier to plan.
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