Introducing HatchMed's IV Tow

HatchMed is excited to announce that we are now the exclusive distributor of aXtraHand’s technology -- now known as IV Tow.

What is IV Tow?

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It is a clamping system that connects patient transport equipment (wheelchair, stretcher, bed, gurney, rollators, etc.) to the patient’s IV pole. IV Tow was created in response to the awkward and painful current method of transporting patients when they are connected to an IV Pole.

Why IV Tow?

Much of the work performed by nurses, caregivers, and transport managers involves pushing and pulling patients around the hospital. This pushing and pulling may increase a worker’s risk of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders, such as back and shoulder injuries. Not only do nurses need to move an occupied bed, they also need to worry about the patient’s IV pole. This results in nurses pushing patients with one hand and the IV pole with the other. This is dangerous for both the patient and the nurse.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of 365,580 Musculoskeletal Disorders, Nursing Assistants had the highest incidence of injuries. Over 52% of nurses suffer from chronic back pain and 12% of nurses leave the profession each year due to back injuries. With back injuries costing anywhere from $5,000 - $100,000, the high turnover rate of nurses, and the increasing number of patients needing care -- hospitals need to take action.  

What about the IV Pole on the wheelchair or stretcher?

Transferring bags and pumps from the patient’s IV Pole to the IV Pole on a wheelchair or stretcher can lead to inadvertent changes in a pump setting and twisting of the tubing. Which in turn can poorly affect the patient's health and well-being. 

Time also plays a factor. Nurses are primarily the ones that are required to move pumps and bags from one IV Pole to another. This wastes time for nurses, transporters, and patients.  

In the end, with IV Tow, the patient’s IV Pole stays with them at all times.

Available Models

HatchMed currently offers three models of IV Tow, CH-1003, CH-2000, and CH-6000.

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CH-1003 is a wheelchair to IV Pole clamping system that easily attaches existing hospital wheelchairs to IV Poles. It allows transport managers to focus on moving the patient in a wheelchair without having to strain themselves to simultaneously hold the IV Pole.

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CH-2000 is an IV to IV Pole clamping system designed with maintenance in mind. With it, there is no more struggling to move multiple IV Poles at once. Simply attach the CH-2000 to the IV Poles you wish to move to bundle them or make a train.

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CH-6000 is a heavy duty clamp end that wraps around the entire range of square or round bars without marring the equipment. The unique two position latch saves time when switching from a 2” bar to a smaller bar. Further, it locks and releases quickly and easily with a simple twist of the knob.

Overall, the IV Tow is affordable, easy to install, simple to use, lightweight, helpful in reducing patient transport time, and most importantly, it reduces injuries to patients, nurses, and transport staff. With IV Tow, HatchMed is striving to streamline safe patient handling and improve patient and caregiver safety.

You can learn more about IV Tow here and request a demo by emailing ivtow@hatchmed.com.

5 Common Patient Care Issues and how your hospital can prevent them

Common Patient Care Issues

According to a recent study published by John Hopkins Medicine, medical errors rank as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., just behind heart disease and cancer. It is clear that these mistakes, ranging from patient falls to medication errors, profoundly impact patient outcomes and mortality rates.

Here are five common patient care issues and tips on how your hospital can prevent them.

Patient Falls

Slips, trips and falls are extremely common mistakes in hospitals. In fact, an average of 800,000 patient falls occur in the United States each year. This statistic is especially frightening because a patient fall costs $14,000 on average and can add over six days to each hospital stay.

Here are a couple of ways to prevent patient falls:

  • Ensure the nurse call cable is plugged in -- This will reduce the risk of patients getting up unassisted.

  • Identify high-risk patients -- Check for history of falls, impaired mobility, altered mental state and medications associated with falls.

  • Conduct hourly safety rounds -- Purposely checking in on patients on an hourly basis can reduce the risk of patient falls.

Medication Errors

More than one million serious medication errors occur every year in U.S. hospitals. These errors include administration of the wrong drug, drug overdoses and overlooked allergies. Tejal Gandhi, president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation stated, “There are many opportunities for a medication order to go wrong—it goes from a physician to a pharmacist, then to a nurse to administer it—and a mistake can happen somewhere along that chain.”

So, when it comes to keeping your patients safe, identify the right patient for the right medication, ask patients about their drug allergies, and employ technology, like Omnicell’s Automated Dispensing Cabinets, to improve medication safety and nurse efficiency.


Lack of Patient Education

Although we continue to improve systems and implement policies to reduce medication errors, many of these may fail unless we put the patient first. A study found that the largest contributor to medication errors is the lack of knowledge about other drugs and preparations the patient is taking, which can lead to negative interactions or overdoses. One way to improve patient education it through the implication of SONIFI Health’s patient education videos. In the end, empowering patients through education is vital, because only patients have the information required to prevent medication errors.

Inadequate Communication

Poor communication is frustrating -- but in healthcare, communication breakdowns can be downright dangerous when it comes to patient care. Some ways to improve communication include encouraging participation in multidisciplinary rounds, instituting team huddles and implementing tablets for patient use. Improving communication benefits both patients and healthcare workers. Additionally, it makes the work environment less stressful and inspires teamwork!

Workplace Safety

Physicians can’t heal others if they themselves are not well. The safety of the workplace serves as a prerequisite for patient safety. This includes both physical and mental safety of all healthcare employees. A couple of ways to promote workplace safety? Create a positive work culture, practice healthy habits at work (e.g., group yoga and healthy snacks in the breakroom), and encourage comfortable, non-slip shoes for nurses, like Alegria’s Professional Collection. In the end, workers can only perform at their best when they are in an environment of physical and physiological safety.


Overall, keeping patients safe proves the top priority in healthcare. If we could prevent the five common patient care issues listed above, we will be taking a huge leap forward. The answers aren’t extremely complicated or expensive, but they do require focus and collaboration across a range of professionals involved in healthcare. Overall, preventing these problems will make medical care safer and a better experience in general.

Putting Healthcare In Your Hands- Apple’s plan to put iPads in every hospital

Photo courtesy of Apple

Photo courtesy of Apple

“Healthcare providers can deliver the best care when they have powerful, intuitive tools. Our technology helps them work effectively within hospitals, connect remotely with patients, and conduct groundbreaking medical research. The result is care that becomes more efficient, more personalized, and ultimately more human.” - Apple

Apple products, such as iPhones and iPads, have been used by certain hospitals for several years now. However, only recently Apple went public about making moves to get a tighter grip on the $3 trillion healthcare market. According to ICT & Health, Apple wants to help patients have digital health information at their fingertips by shifting from USBs and CD-ROMs to mobile. An Apple spokesperson stated, “Leading hospitals and health systems are using Apple products to transform all aspects of health care inside the hospital and beyond” while emphasizing the privacy and security of iOS as a key factor for Apple’s growth in hospitals.

Though some hospitals are making the shift toward mobile, making their facilities cutting-edge, there are still hospitals with reservations. Compared to other sectors, such as finance and retail, hospitals across the United States have been relatively slow to adopt mobile and consumer technologies. The reason why? Doctors and other healthcare professionals are hesitant to change their processes. According to Fast Company, only recently have physicians have fully adapted to the shift away from pagers, clipboards, and fax machines. On the other hand, patients have quickly adapted to the changes and have already been using the technology in their daily lives. Patients are able to research their prescriptions, direct message people in their care team, and quickly get answers about their health.

Apple’s work puts patients at the center of their care.

According to Ben Bajarin, a technology analyst who has been tracking Apple’s move into health care, “Health is a sensitive area, and it’s not consumer-oriented.” He says, “You don’t just have to pass the Federal Communications Commission, you have to go through a lot of regulatory protocols, including the FDA.” But, according to Fast Company, Bajarin feels that Apple’s move to healthcare was a long time coming. Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, realized how “broken and bad” many health care processes were, such as poor user experience, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Apple will not be making their own apps, instead, they are working with top developers who were already working on apps for health care. Apple has already introduced three software services- CareKit, ResearchKit, and HealthKit. These software services should help developers and consumers pull together disparate health information, such as steps, heart rate, and sleep, into one place. HealthKit is designed to make it easier for developers to gather health data. ResearchKit is designed to help researchers recruit participants for their studies. CareKit is aimed at helping patients with chronic conditions share data with their care team. With these efforts, Apple has now made strides in three foundational areas: hospital care, at-home care, and medical research.

Here at HatchMed, we recognize the many benefits that tablets bring to hospitals. Benefits like increased HCAHPS scores, patient education, improved communication, and many more. We are eager to help bring iPads to the hospital bed rail.