Intravenous products: Matthew Alley (CW Optics, Inc) has submitted a poster recently presented at the Infusion Nurses Society 2009 annual meeting.
Intravenous infiltration is a serious problem associated with infusion therapy. It is usually accompanied by pain, erythema, and swelling at the needle insertion site. Severe infiltration may lead to necrosis requiring skin debridement, skin grafting, and/or amputation. Early detection of infiltration prevents the occurrence of serious incidents. A new device, ivWatch was developed to monitor the intravenous infusion site for infiltration. The results of validation studies on animal and human subjects are presented. A clinical trial on 800 patients is currently underway to investigate safety and efficacy of the ivWatch