Intravenous therapy or IV therapy is the administration of a fluid through a vein. Typically a port or a pic line is placed in a patients to allow access to a vein in which a fluid, usually a type of medication is administered using a medical pump. People who suffer from many different diseases or have had severe infections may have had experience or will have experience with this type of medical care. Those with severe pulmonary hypertension, cancer, severe infections needed prolonged antibiotic treatments, as well as a number of other ailments may find themselves on IV therapy.
Patients on IV therapy not only have to deal with whatever the disease is they are fighting and all the physical and psychological issues that come with their illness they have to deal with the psychological and physical issues that come with being on IV therapy. When people see people using a medical device a wheelchair, a cane, oxygen or wearing a medical pump people tend to feel sorry and pity that person with the device. People who are sick don’t want it to be known that they are sick. They want to be treated like a regular person.
Patients on IV therapy most likely have no choice in the size of pump they can use. The Cadd-Legacy 1 pump is one of the most commonly used and is fairly large and hard to conceal. Women using IV therapy look for ways to conceal their pumps. Some woman have been able to hide the pump under their clothes. Others have not been very successful and look for fashionable ways to conceal their pumps. There are very few alternatives available. The pumps come with a fanny pack from the medical company for the patients to wear but they are basic and don’t offer a way to conceal them when worn. Many patients have bought many fanny packs online to try to find a suitable replacement that offers more options and may be more fashionable so that they look more like an accessory than a device holder.
Vera Bradley makes a Little Hipster purse that is the perfect size to fit the Cadd-Legacy 1 pump which is commonly used by IV therapy patients. The main inside compartment is the perfect size to house the IV pump and has room for extra items such as checkbook, keys, etc. There is also a smaller inner zipper compartment that is perfect to store your daily meds or small items. There is a magnetic pocket on the back that is great for a cell phone. The front zipper pocket houses a nice built in wallet area that is also big enough to slip in a cell phone or other items. The purse is light weight and comes in a variety of colors and beautiful patterns. You can also buy matching accessories to go with the pattern you choose. The strap on the purse can be worn as a regular purse, cross-body or tightened to wear as a fanny pack so it will fit the needs of an IV therapy patient.
After purchasing several fanny packs and alternative purses by chance a patient that the Little Hipster purse by Vera Bradley gives them a great alternative to the drab medical pouches that are sent to them by the medical companies. These Vera bags allow the patients to blend in with the public without being stared at with wondering eyes of what that medical bag is for hanging off someone’s hip. Now they can tuck their gaudy pumps away in a stylish purse and make it look like they are just wearing a really cute bag on their hip or as a fanny pack. There are other companies that offer purses and fanny packs that can accommodate the large medical pumps and that are made specifically for these pumps however they are hard to find and to find in fun fashionable prints. These Vera bags are not made specifically for these pumps but they work perfectly with extra features you cannot find with any other company that is why they are becoming so popular with the IV community.