Example of an IV label created with the Verify platform [Image: Vigilant Software] Hospitals are high-tech workplaces with proton-beam therapies, handheld ultrasound, and the latest imaging technologies. But when an ICU nurse labels an IV bag or syringe, it’s often done the old-fashioned way—with a hastily scrawled, handwritten note. Today, Dallas-based Vigilant Software launched a solution to modernize that practice in critical-care ICUs across the country.
The new solution is Verify, an IV-line management platform that creates efficiency in hospital ICU rooms where IV medications are commonplace. The Verify technology has already been implemented in a number of hospitals and is “drastically improving processes related to IV-line management,” the company says.
The Verify platform combines industry-standard direct thermal printing hardware with software designed to solve medication management practices at the point of care. The solution, which Vigilant says is “unmatched in the market,” significantly reduces time spent managing infusion lines, “allowing critical care nurses to focus on other tasks that lead to better patient outcomes.” Example of a hastily handwritten IV label [Image: Vigilant Software] In the COVID pandemic, time is critical—and so is labeling
In the last year and a half, hospitals nationwide have been overwhelmed by surges of COVID-19 patients, increasing the demand for intravenous infusions and a wide array of lifesaving medications. It’s vital that every medication be labeled clearly and tracked efficiently.
The challenge: Many ICUs rely on handwritten labeling processes as seen in the syringe image above.
Vigilant says that critical-care nurses using Verify are experiencing enhanced patient safety and safe medication practice workflows by using the platform’s direct thermal printing solution instead.
“We know this pandemic has been nothing but difficult for our incredible front-line workers,” said Fox Holt, CEO of Vigilant Software, in a statement. “Now is the time to be deploying solutions easing the burden on ICUs and nurses,” while differentiating individual hospitals “as the best place to care for patients, and the safest,” Example of an IV label created with the Verify platform [Image: Vigilant Software] Co-founder saw a vast need
Vigilant was founded in 2016 by Dr. Peter Baek and Jeff Fountaine. An anesthesiologist, Dr. Baek had witnessed a vast majority of colleagues—even including himself—not always strictly following syringe labeling safety procedures. This led to the company’s first product: anesthesia syringe labeling.
“Through time, hospital staff members in other departments saw the anesthesia product,” Vigilant CEO Fox Holt told Dallas Innovates, “and asked Dr. […]