Firefly Medical And Atlas Lift Tech Close Gap On Safe Patient Mobility With Agreement To Add The IVEA To SPHM Programs Nationwide

Sep 15, 2015, 12:49 ET from Firefly Medical Inc.

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Firefly Medical Inc. has entered a collaborative agreement with Atlas Lift Tech to incorporate Firefly's patient mobility solution, the IVEA (video), as part of Atlas's comprehensive safe patient handling and mobility programs for hospitals and other providers.

Atlas, based in San Ramon, CA, works with healthcare providers to implement and manage safe patient handling and mobility programs that reduce the incidence of patient and caregiver injury. The IVEA is a mobile care device that holds a patient's supportive equipment, such as IVs, pumps, oxygen, PCAs, and chest tubes. It replaces the IV pole bedside and provides a secure and stable base for patient ambulation.

Firefly Medical CEO Patrick Bols says positive response to the IVEA is largely due to the way the equipment was designed. "We worked with more than 150 clinicians to create a product that addresses long-standing issues related to efficiency, safety and mobility," says Bols. "We're extremely pleased to partner with Atlas and confident that their decision to incorporate our equipment into their safe patient handling programs will help secure the IVEA's place as the new standard in patient ambulation and support."

Atlas CEO Eric Race says the agreement is an opportunity to provide his clients with a solution unlike anything else in the market.

"Under this agreement we'll introduce the IVEA into key accounts, help them understand the product and nurture its implementation," says Race. "We saw in the IVEA something that simply wasn't available before. There are real barriers to early and frequent patient ambulation in terms of efficiency and safety, and the IVEA removes those barriers."

Hospitals have traditionally placed emphasis on patient safety, but a recent NPR report on the prevalence of nurse injury and subsequent action by OSHA to levy fines for failure to adequately protect healthcare staff have spurred a shift in focus to caregiver safety as well.

"In many cases nurses put their patient's safety before their own and suffer injury as a result," says Race. "Hospitals are now looking for holistic programs that benefit both patients and staff. But a programmatic install is only successful with the right equipment, so the IVEA will be a welcome addition to our services."

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