Improving Patient Safety & Care Webinar Series
Alternatives to Infusion Pumps amidst Shortages in the NHS
TBC April 2020
13:00 - GMT
Covid-19 has exposed the shortfall of some vital equipment in the NHS; ventilators are the headline product. However, volumetric infusion pumps are another example of equipment being transferred to ICU, leading to a severe shortage for normal requirements. Hospitals, already poorly equipped with adequate pumps, urgently require reliable methods of monitoring IV infusions.
This webinar will introduce the new Monidrop IV Fluid Monitor and Remote Monitoring service – Monidrop-W and IV Screen software. The device and software work in conjunction to allow nursing staff to remotely monitor all infusions on a ward or department from a central computer, tablet or mobile device. We understand the current pressures on ICU departments and lack of infusion pump availability, with Monidrop proving to be a suitable alternative across wards to ensure patient care and monitoring standards are maintained in stressful times.
The Monidrop device and IV Screen software support the vision of improving digital technology throughout the NHS with big data policies at the forefront.
Whilst Infusion pumps are entirely necessary for certain infusions, they are not always available, can be costly to run, require regular maintenance and are impractical. Manual IV therapy delivered with a gravity IV set, on the other hand, has much less consumable cost and less equipment is needed. However, this method often lacks accuracy which can compromise patient safety.
Our new Monidrop IV Fluid Remote Monitor is a small and portable device which clips on to commonly used gravity IV lines and counts drops as they fall down the drip chamber. Monidrop calculates the speed of infusion and this is displayed as a reading of ml/hr as well as an accumulation of the total volume infused. These readings are displayed on the device and can also be monitored from a central computer or mobile device, alerting Nurses when any infusion on the ward is running too fast or slow and prompting them to adjust the giving set.