The uphill battle these nurses face is managing the incredibly dynamic system of gravity infusion while working to keep their patients on schedule for treatments and ensure fluids are administered reliably and accurately, all while managing their patient load.
Even in perfect conditions, during any gravity IV treatment, the rate changes over time, and without the right tools, a 45 minute infusion can stretch into an hour or more. Venous pressure, patient movement, tubing creep — each of these factors and more can change an infusion rate. However, the expense and complexity of a infusion pump isn’t always the best approach. Whether it’s infiltration risk or an ambulatory setting, we need a better approach to help nurses take control of gravity infusion.
Nurses work hard, and they deserve sensible and simple tools that empower them to reduce the uncertainties of gravity infusion. Make gravity intravenous therapy more predictable, and you decrease patient risk while staying on track with schedules. Adding infusion monitoring with a product like DripAssist means nurses finally have an infusion technology that is fast to set up, reliable, and guarantees healthcare safety and savings.
Many Factors influence a gravity IV infusion.
- Fluid head height
- Tubing bends & kinks
- Patient Movement
- Arterial & Venous Blood Pressure
- Clogged Filter
- Fluid Viscosity
- Roller Clamp Slippage & Tubing Creep
- Only monitoring can ensure accurate dosage for every gravity infusion.
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