The Facts On Injuries

Injuries To Patients And Staff: Occupational injuries to staff especially to nursing personnel are a major expense worldwide. After the common cold, back pain is the most common problem. In the hospital environment the force necessary to lift, push, or hold a patient is thought to be causative. (Cost Effectiveness of a Multifaceted Program for Safe Patient Handling Kris Siddharthan, Audrey Nelson, Hope Tiesman, Fangfei Chan, Advances in patient safety v3.) The magnitude of the problem defined by the VA Hospital System suggests that $22 million is spent annually on Workmans’ Compensation at each institution. Here are government statistics on Workers Comp findings.

Background: OSHA acknowledges that the awkward and painful current method is a risk to hospital personnel. There may be a risk to the transporters hand if he or she tries to hold the wheelchair and IV pole in the same hand; especially if the IV pole were to jam on a threshold, or get jarred by uneven flooring. Collisions involving expensive equipment may cause inadvertent changes in a pump setting, as well as twisting of the tubing.

First Hand Experience: Dr. Herskovic has often transported patients and realized how difficult and unsafe it was to push a patient in a wheelchair and hold/pull the IV Pole along.

Our Solution: The Wheelchair to IV Pole Clamping System (CH-1003) was developed as a response to the awkward and painful current method of transporting patients when they are connected to an IV Pole with Pumps and other equipment.

Dr. Herskovic (Research & Design) along with I & G Tool Company (Design & Manufacturer) believe that by installing the Wheelchair to IV Pole Clamping System (CH-1003) onto your existing wheelchairs will help alleviate the possibility of hand, wrist, arm, neck and back strains to transporting personnel, thereby decreasing costs for Workers’ Compensation.

AxtraHand® has made every effort to make the Clamping System fit most standard wheelchairs and IV Poles currently being used in the medical industry.

For an added safety feature, we have designed the Anti-Rotation Bar “ARB” (CH-1006). The ARB may help decrease the incidence of the IV Pole from spinning if the base was accidentally kicked or if it struck a solid object. Although we believe the Wheelchair to IV Pole Clamping System (CH-1003) is more than adequate to hold the IV Pole in place, as an added measure of safety, the ARB may reduce this risk furthermore.

*NEW* Stretchers and Beds: The variations for stretchers and beds is a bit more difficult to design and manufacture but we believe we have found a system that may work for you. The CH-6000 Universal Clamp to IV Pole wraps around the entire range of square or round bars, from 2” OD down to 1” OD, all without marring the equipment. The unique 2 position latch on the link saves time when switching from a 2” bar to a small bar, just connect to the second latch for the smaller sizes. The quick release handle takes only 2 turns to be able to drop the locking mechanism, and release the clamp from the bar.

The IV Pole Clamp locks in and releases IV Poles easily and quickly by a simple twist of the knob. Please contact us at 586-777-0018 for more information.