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Inspired by Patients, Invented by Nurses

Inspired by Patients, Invented by Nurses


June 08, 2008

4) The IVease stabling device:

It was a hairy arm that convinced Renee Duplessie-Miller, RN, that there had to be a better way to secure an IV dressing.

“My patient had tape plastered all over his arm, and I was supposed to discontinue his IV,” says Duplessie-Miller, who was working as a staff nurse at the time. “I soaked his arm in warm water and used warm towels, but nothing really helped. He was in a lot of pain as I pulled off the dressing.”

That night she sat at her sewing machine and created an IV stabling device. Later, she took her idea and fabric prototype to an attorney (her patent is currently pending). While the fabric on her device has been replaced by other materials, Duplessie-Miller still feels her original enthusiasm.


“I’ve discussed my product with 3M, and they’re interested,” she says, although the St. Paul, MN, company sees IVease as a direct competitor with its Tegaderm®, a product that 3M thinks does an adequate job securing IVs. “But mine is so much better.”

Invented by Renee Duplessie-Miller, RN

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