Equipment Issues

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Virtual IV arms
by Cindy Becker - Friday, February 11, 2011, 4:20 PM

Is anyone currently using the virtual IV arms?  What company are you using and do you like them?  We are looking at purchasing some new IV arms, and was wondering if purchasing the virtualy IV arm would be better.


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Re: Virtual IV arms
by Dustin Hicks MSN, RN - Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 3:44 PM

We use the Virtual IV from Laerdal. We do like it. I think it helps with learning the procedure, selection of materials, and provides practice on multiple types of patients with multiple levels of difficulty. It does not provide the opportunity to actually secure the IV in place. It often seems that this is where our students have the most trouble. We have our students practice on the simulator and rubber IV arms, then complete a check-off of the skill on each other. We also use the phlebotomy module that is available with this system.

Dustin Hicks RN, MSN

Meridian Technology Center

Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Re: Virtual IV arms
by Tim Hardy - Monday, May 2, 2011, 4:26 PM

Blinn College uses the Virtual IV devices from Laerdal Medical. We currently have two adults and one pediatric trainer. They seems to be very good and are holding up to the numerous students that we have using them. We also purchased the phlebotomy needle to go on the adult systems. These seem to hold the student to doing the techinques correctly and gives them feedback at the end of what they did right and where they need to improve.