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
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.