The history of FIX I/V®
The company FIX I/V® Equipment was formed by three women who have worked in the hospital sector for over 25 years. In their work, they identified significant problems with holding IVs in place in infants and children. Every day, and sometimes several times per day, children had to be re-stuck with IV catheters. The FIX I/V® team felt it was simply unacceptable to expose children to the trauma caused by such frequent catheter reinsertions.
Their expertise allowed them to design and create a new splint concept to solve this problem. The company’s mission is to meet an essential need for neonatal and pediatric customers: the women developed a splint concept to immobilize one limb during IV treatments.
After several trial years, three models were created: one for the elbow, one for the hand, and one for the foot. The first splint was released in 1996, and the latest in 2011. They have all been tested at the health centre in Chibougamau.
The fundamental values of FIX I/V® are integrity, authenticity and respect. The company also commits to using materials in accordance with environmental protection while working with Quebec-based companies to manufacture its products.
The FIX I/V® team
Bélisle invented the FIX I/V® concept. She has worked as a nurse at the Chibougamau health centre since 1982, particularly in the field of obstetrics and neonatology. It was there that she really observed the need for neonatal and pediatric immobilization splints.
Ruel began her career as a nurse in 1992 at the Saint-Eustache hospital centre in an obstetrics department, and worked there until 2004. For several years, she worked in other areas of the health industry. Since 2010, she has worked in perinatality for the Soins infirmier Plus Inc. agency, where she met Suzanne Bélisle. She made great contributions to completing the project.
Tremblay has been a nurse since 1989 at the Chibougamau health centre. She primarily worked in the emergency department. After using Suzanne’s splints for many years, and convinced of their effectiveness, she joined the team to implement the marketing process. She received an award of recognition in 2012 in the clinical category for designing an algorithm display for emergency situations.