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Easy and Safe Wheelchair Transfer for Patients Requiring IVHIBARA INDUSTRIES, Co.,Ltd

2020.08.27

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Anyone can easily connect an existing IV stand to a wheelchair.

Product name ="Smart Catcher," a wheelchair-mounted IV drip stand holder

Compatible with most caster-equipped mobile IV stands

The burden placed on a caregiver when moving a patient in a wheelchair during an infusion is not insignificant. This is because it requires careful maneuvering, taking great care not to tip over the IV stand and always paying attention to the bumps, obstacles, and moving people along the path. The "Smart Catcher" wheelchair mounted IV drip stand holder from Hibara Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has reduced the burden and safety risks associated with wheelchair movement in conjunction with IV infusion.

When it comes to installation on the left rear side of the wheelchair, anyone can easily attach the IV drip stand to the wheelchair with a simple lever operation. Moreover, the IV drip stand is fixed at both the top and bottom, making it extremely sturdy and stable. If there are some bumps in the path, it can maintain its stability. The coupling device is applicable to diameters of Φ25mm (=millimeter size pipe) and Φ25.4mm (=inch size pipe) and is compatible with many caster-equipped mobile infusion stands with syringe pumps and infusion pumps attached. Of course, the patient's own ease of maneuvering will also increase.

Specifications based on "Patients Safety First" concept

With the cooperation of the Tazuke Kofukai Medical Research Institute/Kitano Hospital, the product was completed after repeated onsite clinical trials and dozens of design changes based on the needs in the field. While keeping in mind the need to reduce the burden of wheelchair movement for IV patients and improve the operating efficiency of healthcare operations, the top priority was safety. Initially, the IV drip stand was designed to be fixed to the outside of the wheelchair, but there were concerns that while this design would make it easier for the caregiver to maneuver the wheelchair, it would be difficult to respond in the event of an earthquake or other type of emergency. The design has been changed so that the IV stand is positioned between the caregiver's hands when moving, making it easier to deal with unforeseen situations and reducing costs by 25%.

Linking the Needs on the Field to Further Improvements

The system has already been introduced at many hospitals, including Kitano Hospital, and demand is particularly high at acute care hospitals, where many patients are severely ill. The company is currently developing a product that can be connected to a stretcher to meet the needs of such medical practices. The current product requires specialized skills for installation on a wheelchair, but the company plans to release a new model that simplifies this process in the near future. If this new product can be easily installed by anyone, the number of users is likely to expand beyond medical institutions to include nursing homes, various care facilities, and rehabilitation facilities.

In Japan's super-aging society, one of the most important factors is how to streamline operations without compromising the quality of the medical care provided. It will be interesting to see the progress of this product as it continues to be improved in response to the needs in the field.

Coverage date July 10, 2020

 

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HIBARA INDUSTRIES, Co., Ltd

Established in 1960. The company specializes in high-speed and precision cutting of aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, and other materials, and can provide an integrated service from design to manufacturing, assembly, and inspection. The technology that has been used for many years in the field of semiconductors and liquid crystal manufacturing equipment has recently been extended to the nursing and medical equipment fields. In addition to smart catchers, the company also develops and sells wheelchair-mounted headrests and urine pouch attachments.

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