Now there’s a Fix!
IVs fail at an alarming rate - 46% of the time they come out before their intended end of use(1). One of the big problems is IV dislodgement. Patients pull their IV out accidentally or on purpose 11% of the time.(2) IVs have been around for almost 100 years. Why do we still have this problem?
Introducing SafeBreak Vascular
SafeBreak Vascular is designed to eliminate IV dislodgement. SafeBreak connects into the IV line and separates when the line is subjected to damaging forces. The device intentionally separates to prevent IV dislodgement and seals on both sides, preventing the leaking of medication or blood from the IV tubing.
SafeBreak Vascular Installation and Use
SafeBreak is easily installed into any IV line. The video to the right shows it’s simple to install and how it separates to prevent IV dislodgement. When SafeBreak separates to save a line, it causes an alarm on the IV pump to sound. A nurse is able to remove and throw away the separated SafeBreak. A new, sterile SafeBreak can be installed in the line in a few minutes. The patient’s infusion can be resumed without the need to clean up any spills, reorder medicine, spend money on new IV supplies, and most importantly to the patient, no needle stick required!
benefits of using safebreak
Reduce anxiety and stress of dealing with a dislodgement
Decrease in sharps exposure related to IV restarts
Improve overall workflow which allows for more value-added time with patients
Reduce IV dislodgements
Eliminate painful IV re-sticks
Prevent potential delays in treatments and procedures
Reduce potential need for more invasive treatment due to loss of peripheral IV integrity
Increase overall safety by lowering possible serious complications such as bleeding and infection
Cost savings for IV supplies, medications, and nursing labor
Increase patient satisfaction
Reduce potential for infection and safety issues
Reduce unreimbursed hospital costs from delays in discharge flow
Potential reduction of other IV complications such as phlebitis and infiltration
1. Helm, R.E., et al., Accepted but Unacceptable: Peripheral IV Catheter Failure. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2016; 38(3): 189-203.