Ann Fahey-Widman, APR
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Today at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress in New Orleans, Medline Industries, Inc. launched Vaso- Force,™ an innovative compression therapy system that helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), both life-threatening conditions.
Blood clots that form deep in the vein of the body can cause serious health problems, often breaking off, traveling through the bloodstream to an artery in the lungs and blocking blood flow, which can cause death. Estimates suggest that up to 600,000 Americans have these conditions each year and that 60,000 to 100,000 people die as a result.
These clots are called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and when a loose clot travels to the lungs this condition is known as a pulmonary embolism or PE. DVT and PE are often under-diagnosed and serious, but preventable medical conditions.
Medline’s new Vaso-Force™ works by placing special compression DVT garments on the patient’s legs and hooking up the garments to a pump with tubing. When the pump is turned on, it forces air into the garments to squeeze the patient’s legs. This squeezing helps force blood back towards the heart, a job that would normally be done by the muscles. However, with anesthesia and lack of movement during surgery, muscles tend to relax and underperform. By forcing blood back up to the heart, Vaso-Force lessens the likelihood that blood will pool in the legs, which causes clots to form.
Medline is the only company that offers both intermittent and sequential therapies. Both therapies have been shown to be clinically effective.
“To comply with the Surgical Care Improvement Project, or SCIP, VTE 2, patients are typically wearing DVT garments for 24 hours or more before, during and after surgery so they need to wear something that not only performs effectively, but that is comfortable and won’t cause skin breakdown,” said Rebecca McPherson, MSN, RN, vice president of clinical services at Medline. “Vaso-Force garments are the most comfortable on the market – they’re breathable and soft and help promote patient compliance and safety.”
Vaso-Force™ DVT garments are lined with tricot, a soft and breathable knit material often found in lingerie that helps reduce the risk of skin breakdown and the formation of pressure ulcers. They are available for the thigh, foot and calf and come in several sizes from pediatric to bariatric.
The Vaso-Force™ pumps offer several useful features, including an optional battery backup for continuous use when a patient is transported. The pumps also automatically detect what type of garments are plugged in, how many, and will set the pressure level to help caregivers avoid errors. The pump will accommodate a wide array of garments, including single sleeves, dual sleeves, foot sleeves, calf sleeves, and thigh sleeves.
The pump also features a large LED readout to tell the end user why an alarm is going off so the problem can be easily identified and corrected. Most pumps today only offer alarms but do not provide further explanation why the alarm is sounding making trouble shooting problematic.
About Medline’s Surgical Solutions
Vaso-Force™ is part of Medline’s growing portfolio of innovative surgical products, solutions and clinical programs. Medline started as an OR solutions provider more than 100 years ago when the company’s founder got his start in health care by making surgeon gowns and was the innovator responsible for changing OR gowns from white to blue to reduce the dangerous glare from OR lights. Since then, the company has built an entire suite of OR solutions that focus on solving the critical problems that cost hospitals more money. Medline now offers an innovative suite of OR products, programs and training called EMPOWER™, which the company also launched today.
Medline's new EMPOWER educational series focuses on the most critical and fundamental safety issues facing ORs today, from preventing wrong-site surgery, retained objects and sharps injuries to maintaining normothermia and preventing pressure ulcers. Medline’s OR solutions include PerfecTemp™ for warming patients in the OR; OR gowns, masks and gloves, including the company’s new Signature Glide™ glove; Medline’s pressure ulcer prevention products and program; ClearCount RFID counting and detection used to eliminate retained foreign objects; special flags, drapes and labels to help prevent wrong site surgeries; a number of products designed to prevent needle stick and blade injuries to both patients and staff; as well as ERASE CAUTI®, innovative products and programs designed to reduce the risk of catheter associated urinary tract infections, a common, yet avoidable surgical complication. Product information can be found at www.medline.com. More information about the EMPOWER series of free CE courses and other training materials can be found at www.medlineuniversity.com.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care providers and agencies, and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.
Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.
Medline has a growing network of 50 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 200 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.