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The Tug of War between Fall Prevention and Mobility in the Hospital

Posted on July 5, 2017

Here’s an eye-opening statistic: “According to a 2009 estimate, hospital patients spend more than 95% of their time in bed.” That’s from a study cited in a... VIEW →


Will Your Patient Ambulate? Study Says 3 Factors Decide Yes or No

Posted on June 21, 2017

We came across an interesting study recently titled “How Nurses Decide to Ambulate Hospitalized Older Adults: Development of a Conceptual Model.” Conducted by Barbara... VIEW →


Pediatric Nurses, Patients and Parents Give the IVEA Thumbs Up

Posted on May 17, 2017

Not long ago we visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami to train their pediatric nurses on the use of the IVEA. While we were there, we sat down with Clinical Nursing... VIEW →


Joint Commission Finds Falls a Stubborn Problem – But Are Hospitals Doing All They Can to Solve It?

Posted on March 31, 2017

In the Joint Commission’s recent ranking of the 10 Most Common Sentinel Events of 2016, patient falls came in third. The Commission reviewed 824 events, and 92 of them were... VIEW →


Silver Tsunami Drives Nursing Shortage: Here’s A Life Jacket

Posted on February 27, 2017

“The U.S. has been dealing with a nursing deficit of varying degrees for decades, but today… this shortage is on the cusp of becoming a crisis, one with worrying... VIEW →


Rain or Shine – IVEA by the Numbers

Posted on October 12, 2016

Not many things can put nurses in retreat mode, but a hurricane is one of them. Hurricane Matthew shut down this year’s ANCC Magnet Conference in Orlando just hours into the... VIEW →


Nurses Create “Culture of Safety” Through Deeds, Ideas and Chutzpah

Posted on May 13, 2016

  It’s National Nurses Week, and this year’s theme is “Culture of Safety. It Begins with You.” This is not a controversial statement. From the... VIEW →


Do Nurses Play a Big Enough Role in Process Improvement?

Posted on March 24, 2016

We recently came across an interesting report from a 2009 issue of Health Affairs titled “The Role of Nurses in Improving Hospital Quality and Efficiency: Real-World... VIEW →


100 Percent of Users Surveyed Say the IVEA Makes it Easier to Ambulate Patients with Fewer Staff

Posted on February 10, 2016

During the latter part of 2015, Firefly Medical conducted clinical trials of the IVEA at five hospitals around the country. During each trial nurses and other caregivers used the... VIEW →


Carrot or Stick: New Equipment, Standards and Regs Drive More Hospitals to Improve SPHM Programs

Posted on January 15, 2016

Happy New Year, everyone! The IVEA kicked off 2016 in good company with an appearance in the January issue of Healthcare Purchasing News,... VIEW →


Compassion, Kindness and a Good Set of Wheels

Posted on December 7, 2015

In a recent article published by Hospitals & Health Networks, University of California San Diego Health System Chief Experience Officer Thomas Savides, M.D. said that efforts... VIEW →


The IVEA Goes Viral!

Posted on November 10, 2015

   “Genius!” – Sarah "Awesome! And of course it was invented by nurses!” – James “Wow, incredible equipment!” – Grace ... VIEW →


On the Road Again!

Posted on October 5, 2015

One of the most gratifying aspects of bringing a new product like the IVEA to market is the face-to-face interaction with the people for whom it was designed. We’ve been... VIEW →


Let’s Get Personal—Imagine What the IVEA Could Mean for You

Posted on August 27, 2015

When we present the IVEA to hospital systems around the country, most people immediately see the advantage of a safer, more efficient mobility solution that enables one nurse to... VIEW →


People, Not Processes, Drive Quality

Posted on July 15, 2015

  Typically, when we talk about quality, we’re referring to how something is made. A car, a pair of shoes, a meal—we evaluate these things based on their... VIEW →


OSHA Jumps In - Better Equipment and Training Key to Injury Prevention

Posted on June 30, 2015

It’s always interesting to hear what nurses have to say about getting injured at work. One critical care nurse we know figures that he and his colleagues have a 100 percent... VIEW →


And Action! A Day on the Set with the IVEA

Posted on June 9, 2015

As far as healthcare equipment goes, the IVEA is about intuitive as it comes. Still, as more hospitals start putting the equipment on the floor, we know it’s important to... VIEW →


What it Means to Win an Edison Award

Posted on May 19, 2015

For us, the Edison Awards came on the heels of back-to-back tradeshows in Arizona. After sharing the IVEA with extremely receptive crowds at the American Organization of Nurse... VIEW →


Patient Satisfaction Matters Even More with CMS Summary Rating

Posted on May 5, 2015

Patient Satisfaction Matters Even More with CMS Summary Rating At a time when competition among hospitals is intensifying and patient satisfaction scores have never carried more... VIEW →


Can We Alleviate the Moral Distress Around Patient Ambulation?

Posted on April 20, 2015

Can We Alleviate the Moral Distress Around Patient Ambulation? In a recent conversation with an energetic RN from Northern Colorado, we asked what she considered to be the biggest... VIEW →

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