Current I.V. Securement Methods and Devices Don't Work 100% of the Time

The standard of care in trying to prevent peripheral I.V. dislodgement is the use of tape or more expensive securement devices.  Central line catheters are often secured to the patient's skin with sutures.  Although these preventive measures work well in most cases, nothing can prevent dislodgement when a large force is applied to an I.V. line.

Dr. Gregory Schears
“Even the strongest catheter securement devices cannot withstand sudden, large force pulls. These may occur when I.V. tubing catches the bed rails or underfoot during transfers with patients that have altered mental status or falls. SafeBreak I.V. provides an added level of safety by allowing a controlled separation from the I.V. tubing while helping to keep the catheter in place. This saves time and money and allows the medical therapy to continue uninterrupted.”
— Dr. Gregory Schears, Rochester, MN

Lineus Medical Develops the SafeBreak™ I.V.

SafeBreak I.V. Prototype Installed on a Peripheral I.V.
SafeBreak I.V. Prototype

SafeBreak I.V. Prototype

Separated SafeBreak I.V. Prototype

Separated SafeBreak I.V. Prototype

Lineus Medical has developed a unique and patented "break-away" mechanism that fits into all standard I.V. lines.  The current standard for avoiding an I.V./catheter dislodgement is by applying tape to the catheter and in some instances extra securement devices are used to further adhere the catheter to the patient.  Rather than relying only on tape and securement devices that will fail at extreme forces, we thought, "Let's let the line break and protect the catheter!"  That was the impetus for the development of the SafeBreak I.V. 

The SafeBreak I.V. fits in-between the patient's catheter and the I.V. pump/bag.  The SafeBreak I.V. is designed to break at a force that is lower than the force required to pull off the securement tape, keeping detrimental forces from being delivered to the patient's catheter. 

If the device is separated, a medical professional can easily remove the existing SafeBreak I.V. and install a new one in a matter of minutes.  The patient can quickly resume their medication without having to experience the pain of a dislodged I.V. and the insertion of a new one. The nursing staff can spend their time working on value added activities and the hospital saves money.