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Air embolism is the second most serious, preventable adverse hospital event and is a non-reimbursable, hospital-acquired condition.
Health Reporting and “Never Events,” Andrew Miller, MD, MPH

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    FDA AIR-IN-LINE ADVISORY

    FDA summarizes reported events resulting from air-in-line issues encountered while using pumps, fluid warmers and rapid infusers. Read FDA Safety Communication on  FDA Website

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    PATIENTS AT RISK

    Pediatrics and adults with a PFO are at a significantly greater risk of air embolism resulting from IV air-in-line.  Approximately 25% of adults have this condition and most are unaware of its existence.

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    CLINICAL RESULTS

    This manuscript summarizes air-in-line detected and removed by ClearLine IV during actual procedures which also utilized standard air elimination techniques.

Air Embolism Complications

  • Symptoms from this issue can occur within seconds once air is introduce into the vasculature system
  • Mortality from Air Embolisms range from 48-80%
  • Studies have shown that fluid warmers, infusion pumps and syringe pumps can introduce air into the IV circuit
  • Infants have displayed symptomatic venous air embolisms with only 0.4ml/kg of intravascular air
  • In adults, lethal doses have been indicated at 50 ml in a normal adults and as little as 10ml has created v-fib in critically ill patients
  • Symptoms of air embolism include: migraines, temporary paralysis, tachycardia, tachypnoea, dyspnoea, chest pain, sudden loss of consciousness, hypotension and shock

Prevention is the Best Treatment

  • Constant vigilance is required to ensure that air never enters your patient. Now the Clearline IV offers this constant vigilance automatically and reliably.
  • Air can enter the IV line whenever a bag is not fully de-aired, is changed or emptied.
  • Inadequate priming of the IV circuit can result in air being administered to the patient.
  • A loose connection can allow air to enter the IV line.
  • Administration of medications is another frequent source of air in IV lines.
  • Fluid pumps and warmers are known to generate air.
  • Diagnosis is difficult and relies on clinical suspicion.
  • Current “solutions” like filters can clog and break.
  • ClearLine IV automatically detects and removes air quickly and silently (no alarm during air removal). Priming the circuit is also automated and no longer requires the clinician to visually perform this process. See How it Works

Now you can avoid long-term clinical complications, extended hospital stays and medical liability costs caused by air embolisms.

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