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The Story Behind Safepole

When Cari Ugent was hospitalized for a stem-cell transplant for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, she quickly became fed up dragging around the standard I.V. pole. Antiquated, tipping and tripping her, the I.V. pole made it challenging, if not impossible, to do every basic function. 


Change was needed. Cari began by interviewing her nurses and doctors. The response was overwhelming: they described harrowing scenes of tipped I.V. poles, transportation nightmares, and serious accidents when patients and staff tripped over the pole's protruding "spider legs." 

Eventually, Cari teamed up with award-winning industrial designers and engineers -- but she continued, every step of the way, to involve her nurses, doctors and the hospital staff who handle, transport, and clean the I.V. poles. After years of research, prototypes and patents, Safepole was born, a true labor of love. 

Safepole is now in hundreds of major medical centers worldwide. Manufactured in the USA, Safepole LLC is a Woman-Owned, Small Business based in Chicago.

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