Madigan Army Medical Center Clinical Case Study

Intravenous(IV) administration of fluids and medications are a significant part of patient treatment. They are classically set through gravity with roller clamps and drip counts, or smart pump technology. In the austere environment both of these have respective limitations such as accuracy, weight, and need for power. The DripAssist device we investigated monitors drip rates by counting drops in the IV tubing drip chamber. It securely attaches to IV tubing, is small, weighs 3.8oz, lasts 290 hours on a single AA battery, and will alarm for a +/-13% change in rate from the set rate. We compared perceived functionality for use in austere, pre-hospital, battlefield or power outage environments…

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