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Category: Tables, Positioning, and Accessories
Product description and innovation synopsis:
The iON ESPS arm adduction system is the first fully adjustable and fully supportive arm adduction system. The iON adjusts to the patient’s individual body type, adding up to 9 inches to a standard 20 inch surgical table in lowest setting, while allowing emergency access to anesthesia monitoring and intravenous lines when needed. The iON was developed to improve variance of positioning the arms when arm adduction is required, and is especially useful in moderate to obese patient population, where it reduces staff utilization and the need to log roll patients. It can be used across many surgical specialties.
What sets this product apart from others available in the industry?
Arm adduction is highly variable from provider to provider and institution to institution. The iON utilizes the bed rail system to provide fully adjustable arm support and access over conventional sheet tucking methods. It transcends typically used toboggan sleds, as those are routinely forced under a weighted mattress, displacing the mattresses safety securing Velcro system, and do not provide full arm support. Furthermore, the elimination of typically used lift sheets to tuck the arms, serves to optimize the skin to foam or gel pad contact needed to maximize traction when Trendelenburg is required.
How does this product benefit the surgical team and aid in better outcomes?
The iON can be a process improvement tool to standardize non-circumferential wrapping of the arms when arm adduction is required. It optimizes utilization (human and time), decreases variance, and serves to create a reproducible and highly reliable process for tucking the arms. It eliminates the need to routinely roll patients, especially moderate to obese patients, reducing the potential for staff injury staff relating to Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The adjustable low profile system usually adds no more than one inch to the patient’s body habitus, improving surgical access for staff and surgeons.