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    Looking for engineering controls to mitigate repetitive, thumb intensive spiking of semi-rigid I.V. bags and I.V. tubing clamps that require forceful thumb action.   Many thanks for any ideas.

    Miriam W.

    Miriam W, MS OTR/L BCMH



    I have found that nurses in our facility typically will spike the IV bag once it has been hung, meaning they are doing this at an overshoulder, if not overhead height.  This of course creates more risk of injury. 

    We do no have these particular IV poles but they might be helpful for this purpose.


    With respect to the IV clamping, try speaking to your nurse educators or practitioners, there are often different techniques that can be used for different procedures that can reduce the amount of titration required.


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