>FLUID WARMERS

It is a well known fact that when cold fluid is warmed, air is released from the fluid causing air bubbles.  Many of today’s fluid warmers offer no protection against this release of air.  ClearLine IV can be connected below the fluid warmer and will remove all air bubbles 25 microliters and larger.

 

>PUMPS

Infusion pumps have numerous types of issues with air.  One of the most difficult scenarios is when a pump detects air, stops, and alarms.  The recovery process can be tedious and time consuming while the patient is not receiving required fluids.  With ClearLine IV connected beneath the pump, the recovery process is simplified because there is no need to manually extract the air from the line.  Once the pump is restarted and when the air reaches it, ClearLine IV will remove the air automatically and without any alarms.

Visually inspecting lines and manually removing air is the current standard of care for removing air-in-line, this is tedious and time-consuming, resulting in inconsistent monitoring and avoidable, adverse outcomes. ClearLine IV detects and removes all air-in-line 25 micro-liters and larger (there is no limit as to how much air can be removed). This easy-to-use, hands-free device automates the needed vigilance for air-in-line removal, freeing up significant caregiver’s time. It works with pumps, warmers and IV bag sets to deliver fluid safely to the patient.

AIR EMBOLISMS

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), air embolisms are the second most common serious, preventable, adverse event. Air-in-line can enter the body through a vein and travel quickly to the brain, heart or lungs of pediatric patients and adults with a PFO.

Some complications include:

  • Mortality
  • Coma/encephalopathy
  • Paralysis
  • Vascular complications
  • Neurological complications
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrest

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Indicated for use in the operating room (OR), post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and intensive care settings. ClearLine IV automatically detects and removes air masses larger than 25 microliters in intravenous solutions to protect against air embolism. Clearline IV is placed below I.V. bags using gravity feed or pressure, and may be used with or without fluid warmers and pumps.

Characteristics

  • Detection and Response Time
    Less than 60 milliseconds
  • Air Mass Detection Volume Sensitivity
    25 microliters or larger
  • Flow Rate Detection Capability Tested
    Flow rates (min and Max) KVO to 600 ml/min
  • Cycle Time
    On/off less than 10 seconds
  • Battery Life
    5 hours on fully charged battery. Duty cycle continuously on with intermittent alarms. Alarms are visual and audible every 30 seconds once every hour
  • Battery Charge Time
    5 hours typical. (Note this will decrease over time and is based on starting charge level)
  • Operating Temperature Range
    15.5˚C-40˚C (60˚F-104˚F)
  • Priming Volume
    4 milliliters
  • Models of Operation
    Continuous monitoring, intermittent air guard activation and alarms
  • Applied Part Classification
    Type BF, Defibrillation proof
  • Power Classification
    Internally powered or powered from specified class II supply

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

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