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ICU Medical, a major player in the infusion therapy market, has effectively integrated the ICU Medical MedNet safety software with the Vocera Platform. This integration allows hospitals to send and filter specific alarms which come from ICU Medical’s IV smart infusion pumps, directly to clinician’s Vocera Smartbadges and other mobile devices. Ultimately, this reduces response times and adds another level of patient awareness.

Specialized alarm management enhances overall efficiency and patient safety by ensuring priority messages are shared effectively within the medical team. This integration enables clear communication, improves overall patient awareness and may reduce alarm fatigue.

“Integrating with clinically focused partners is a key objective for ICU Medical, and we are very pleased to include Vocera as part of our growing list of connectivity partners. Intelligently routing contextual alerts and notifications that include patient and care team information to the right team member provides clinicians with a higher level of visibility into their patients’ infusion therapy,’’ said Matthew Hutchings, vice president of ICU Medical IV Informatics. “As our hospital partners strive to work more efficiently, having access to real-time and accurate data is crucial to their success.”

iData Research reports that since the beginning of infusion therapy’s mass adoption by hospitals three decades ago, the infusion therapy market has been an important element in a mix of treatments offered to patients in the United States. Despite high market saturation and manufacturing and design defects leading to occasional product recalls, steady sales growth persists in the U.S. infusion therapy devices market. Persistence of plastic PVC-based materials containing potentially harmful DEHP leaves customers in doubt and pushes them to other treatment options without the use of advanced medical devices. Occasional hydration fluid shortages further postpone IV therapy for many patients.

“Every second counts when it comes to patient care, and ensuring that actionable notifications with event context are sent to the right person at the right time on his or her device of choice is critical,” said Rhonda Collins, chief nursing officer at Vocera. “We are pleased to partner with ICU Medical to provide real-time situational awareness with alerts and notification, helping reduce clinicians’ cognitive load so they can respond faster and collaborate better.”

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For Further Information

More on the infusion therapy device market in the U.S. can be found in a series of reports published by iData entitled the U.S. Market Report Suite for Infusion Therapy Devices.