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.