Even when a patient recovering from surgery is strong enough to get out of bed, they're still usually tethered to an IV bag for medication—which means they have to drag around one of those awkward IV poles even when just going to the toilet. But soon, they might be able to use this wearable IV pole instead.
The EZPole has been in development by the South Korea-based Mobiu Corporation for the past three years, and is finally ready to begin clinical trials and testing. It's designed to sit on a patient's shoulder, like some wonderful morphine-dispensing parrot, so they're able to move around and tackle stairs while still getting the medication they require.
Using a shoulder pad and a series of adjustable straps, the EZPole attaches to a patient so that their IV bag and drip can be carried hands-free without the risk of it falling over. But while it's designed to accommodate patients of all shapes, sizes, and ages, its use will be limited to a patient's condition. So if they're recovering from surgery under one of their arms, being strapped into this probably isn't ideal for their stitches. But for most patients it should bring some much needed mobility which will assist in their recoveries. [Mobiu Corporation via AVING]