Mantis IV hanger

by Adam Mann in Launceston, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Mantis IV hanger

£96

£8,000 target 9 days left
1% 6 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £8,000 is pledged by 31st October 2021 at 10:02am

The Mantis IV Hanger is the only solution to hanging IV infusions in the field. Think of it as a portable IV stand that fits in a pocket.

by Adam Mann in Launceston, Cornwall, United Kingdom

This is an "All or Nothing" Crowdfunder. This means that the product will be ordered and shipped only when the target is reached. Lead time is expected to be around 2- 3 weeks from the day the target is reached. 

Mantis is designed for Emergency and Prehospital clinicians to hang IV infusions in the field. Mantis is specially shaped and designed to hang from almost anything (and in some cases just wedge into a gap!). The following pictures are the current prototype which has been in use by Adam for the past year as proof of concept. The final product will be bright green, so there's less chance of leaving your new best bit of kit on scene, and yes, that is a bramble bush!

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Benefits of Mantis:

Crew Resource Management.

Mantis removes the need to have a team member holding an IV bag, meaning that they are available to be utilised to their skillset. This can improve individual practitioner bandwidth by sharing the task-load, reduce time to complete tasks, and allow team members to assist one another in skills such a difficult intubation.

How many times have you been at an incident where the only way to get fetch a piece of equipment is to put down the IV or to wait until another task has been completed? Think about getting extrication equipment and extra oxygen to a cardiac arrest, do you put down the IV, or take someone away from CPR reducing the chance of switching rescuers every two minutes?

Improves crew safety in hazardous environments.

In an RTC crews are at risk of Silicosis when glass is broken. In a Cardiac Arrest crews are at risk of accidental defibrillation, trips, slips and falls. Specialist Teams such as HART and HEMS enter hazardous environments that standard crews are not trained for such as Height, Confined Space and Respiratory hazards.

Mantis removes the need to have an additional team member standing in the environment to hold the IV, thereby reducing direct risk of injury or illness, but also secondary risk to personnel tasked to rescue them.

Reduces Scene Crowding.

Mantis reduces the need to have someone stood next to the patient to hold the IV bag. This improves access to the patient for other procedures such as CPR, Chest Decompression and Thoracotomy. This also improves patient safety by reducing the need to pass close to, or over them to get around each other.

Space and weight Saving.

Current alternative device is an IV stand which takes up space, increases equipment weight and creates a trip hazard when in use.

 

And now, the Elephant in the room.

So Why Don’t I just Use…?

A Carabiner: Carabiners tend to be closed loops. Mantis’ specially designed hook allows it to be hung in a far wider range of places including picture frames, Picture hooks, Doors, Handles, Nails, Pipes, Bramble Bushes, Uniform epaulettes or radio loops, Shelves, Vehicle grab handles and anywhere with either an underhang or a narrow cross section. Metal Carabiners are also likely to damage fixtures and fittings creating risk of complaint and litigation.

A cannulation tourniquet: Cannulation tourniquets require something to wrap around. Mantis’ specially designed hook allows it to be hung in a far wider range of places including picture frames, Picture hooks, Doors, Handles, Nails, Pipes, Bramble Bushes, Uniform epaulettes or radio loops, Shelves, Vehicle grab handles and anywhere with either an underhang or a narrow cross section. Cannulation tourniquets are also not designed to bear weight, so it is impossible to determine whether they will withstand the weight of the IV bag. Although small, use of a tourniquet for this purpose incurs a cost each time, unless the same tourniquet is used to cannulate and hang the IV which raises concern over infection control and sensitisation.

A coat hanger: Coat hangers are often either metal or fixed to one position. Metal hangers can damage fixtures and fittings creating risk of complaint and litigation. Fixed hangers can be difficult to hang if there is a nearby object or wall, such as on a window handle. Mantis’ specially designed hook allows it to be hung in a far wider range of places including picture frames, Picture hooks, Doors, Handles, Nails, Pipes, Bramble Bushes, Uniform epaulettes or radio loops, Shelves, Vehicle grab handles and anywhere with either an underhang or a narrow cross section.

A bystander or Fireman: having bystanders hold an IV may place them at unnecessary risk of injury or illness, as well as exposing them to situations and sights that may be distressing or offensive. Using a member of another emergency service can affect their own crew resource management, as well as increase scene crowding.

A piece of string: Using anything that requires it to be tied limits it’s use to objects that will allow it such as a pipe or light fitting. Mantis’ specially designed hook allows it to be hung in a far wider range of places including picture frames, Picture hooks, Doors, Handles, Nails, Pipes, Bramble Bushes, Uniform epaulettes or radio loops, Shelves, Vehicle grab handles and anywhere with either an underhang or a narrow cross section.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£16 or more

Two Mantis'

Get 2 Mantis IV hangers at a 20% discount

£10 or more

One Mantis

Receive one of the first ever Mantis IV hangers off the line!

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