Photo Credit: Infusion Nurses Association
What would you think about wearing a watch on your wrist that would alert you before infiltration of an IV takes place? Pretty cool right?
Well a company in Williamsburg, Virginia now has FDA approval for its eponymous IV infiltration and extravasation monitoring system. It's an IV watch that actually works by an infrared sensor that is placed by the patient's IV site. Once the sensor is placed it is able to non-invasively detect any IV fluid leaking outside the vein.
This detection system can work with both the forearm and back of the hand IV administration sites, and can detect 4 cc of leakage reliably. Although during clinical trials it was able to detect 1 cc of leakage. The system can alert the nurse to any leakage of an IV site by a watch she can wear on her arm. Using the watch and sensor will alleviate the necessity of frequently checking IV sites and increase nurse productivity. It will also provide a safer experience for patients.
What do you think about this device? Do you think it's a good idea? Comment below!
Source: Infusion Nurses Association