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Review of FreeArm Flexible Tube Feeding Stand
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When bent into a shape like one shown

here, the company says the FreeArm can

hold a pump and a 500 mL bag.

Photo courtesy of FreeArm.

               We have tried out the FreeArm. It is very similar to the cell phone holder that we use* with the exception that it can handle the pump, which was an AMAZING feature that we looked forward to trying out. We liked how the FreeArm could be clamped on to just about anything and it could handle holding the syringe for our son’s gravity feeds. However, we were really disappointed that it could not hold the bag he used for his pump feed.

 

               My son has a 500 mL bag and the weight of it was too much for the end that holds up the bag. The pump itself fit nicely above the clamp and I was so excited to possibly be able to ditch the big IV pole/stand in my child’s room. But the weight was just too much and it caused the arm to fall over.

 

               I had read up on the device and saw some other reviews where people said the same thing, and that the company was actually coming out with a stronger model. We will have to keep a look out. Anything that will help free up our floor space and is portable is definitely going on the Christmas list!

 

—Staci P.

 

*See https://oley.org/page/Cell_Phone_Stand_Holds_Syringe


FreeArm Company Responds

               Thank you very much Staci for your honest review. We are so happy that the FreeArm Tube Feeding Assistant is helping with your son’s gravity syringe feeds. We want it to work great for his pump feeds as well! I am happy to help you and anyone who may be having trouble with their FreeArm troubleshoot. Please reach out through email at info@freearmcare.com. I would love to see how your FreeArm is set up and offer suggestions.

 

               When using your FreeArm for pump feeding, please bend it into a question mark shape so the bag hangs directly over the clamp. This balances the center of gravity to easily hold a 500 mL bag.

 

               The new FreeArm Muscle will be available late this year. It will look very similar to the FreeArm and probably to your cell phone holder. We have been working with our manufacturer, who makes all types of clamps, clips and holders, to make it perfect for tube feeding and home infusion.

 

               The FreeArm Muscle will still hold gravity feeds, but also heavier pumps and more feed volume. In addition, it will attach tightly to rounded surfaces, such as wheelchair bars. Watch for details on the release on our website.

 

—Misti


LifelineLetter, September/October 2019

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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