The I.V. House Story

The History of I.V. House

The Story of I.V. House
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After years of watching nurses painstakingly construct makeshift IV covers one at a time from cut-up plastic cups and tape, pediatric nurse Lisa Vallino, RN, BSN, decided there had to be a better way to ensure patient comfort and safety.

In 1991, she and her mother and business partner, Betty Rozier, applied for a patent and then approached a plastics manufacturer who helped them develop a U-shaped, domed cup which they dubbed the I.V. House®.

"The I.V. House quickly became a staple in major pediatric hospitals including St. Louis Children's Hospital and nearby Cardinal Glennon," says Rozier. "And they've been using it ever since, which is a testament to its effectiveness."

Within 3 years nurses began suggesting that geriatric patients would benefit from over-the-top IV site protection as well as children. The owners knew they would have to find a fabric to wrap around the skin (something akin to a driving glove style) because the fragile skin of geriatric patients could not tolerate any more tape than absolutely necessary.

After years of research and development Vallino and Rozier sought out Metaphase, The World's Leading Experts in Handheld Product Design, to help take the original I.V. House to the next level.

The award-winning, tape-free and latex-free I.V. House UltraDressing is the latest evolution of this design for atraumatic patient IV therapy. The UltraDressing prolongs dwell times, eliminates the need for restarts and saves resources.

"We developed I.V. House for nurses, and for patients. Whether the patient is an infant, child or geriatric patient, I.V. House improves IV securement and protection. In fact, it's hard to imagine any patient who wouldn't benefit from an I.V. House device."