Intraosseous (IO) needles are used in critical care situations when therapies need to be administered but venous access is not possible. However, IO needles placed in the head of the humerus frequently become dislodged when the patient is lifted or transported. This creates an additional emergency as therapies are no longer able to be delivered. IO needle manufacturers have attempted to solve the problem by including kit accessories that stabilize the needle, but they are often ineffective.
This invention provides a method to stabilize the arm of the patient instead of attempting to stabilize the IO needle itself. It consists of a strapping system that allows the wrist to be secured to the patient’s body so that the arm cannot move during lifting or transport. The invention has a low profile so that it provides minimal obstruction of the rest of the body, enabling first responders to work on other areas as needed.