How SafeBreak™ Vascular Works
SafeBreak Vascular is a one piece "break-away" device that is inserted between the IV pump/bag and the catheter in the patient's arm. The medical professional first attaches the device via a luer connection to the IV tubing. The device is then primed (completely filled with fluid), ensuring no air is left inside the device.
After priming the device and scrubbing the luer connection of the IV tubing that comes from the patient's IV access site, SafeBreak is connected to the patient's I.V. site tubing. With both ends of SafeBreak Vascular attached, a sealed connection is created that allows the flow of fluid from the patient's IV bag to the patient's catheter .
If the IV tubing gets pulled intentionally or unintentionally with a significant force, the SafeBreak Vascular separates, causing the device to split into two pieces. The separation causes a valve in each side of the device to close and occlude the flow of fluid from both the IV site and from the IV bag.
If an IV pump is in use, an occluded line causes the alarm on the pump to sound so that a medical professional can come and investigate. To resume medical treatment, the separated SafeBreak Vascular is removed and a new one installed in a matter of minutes.
Video of How an Early SafeBreak I.V. Prototype was Designed to Work
The video below is a graphical representation of how a prototype of the device was designed to function. The prototype in the video is not an accurate representation of the final product design.