sAFEBREAK REMOVES hARMFUL FORCES FROM iV LINES
Best case scenario, forces placed on IV lines cause minor movements of the IV catheter inside the vein. These forces can lead to dressing disruption, phlebitis, occlusion, and/or infiltration. An excessive amount of force causes complete IV dislodgement. The IV line in the image to the right has not dislodged, but no one should have a damaging force like this one placed on their line. SafeBreak Vascular separates, as shown in the video to the right, to remove these harmful forces and has been cleared by the FDA with an indication that it reduces:
all mechanical IV complications (phlebitis, infiltration, occlusion and dislodgement)
blood loss and drug spills
The entire Instructions For Use for SafeBreak Vascular can be found here.
FAST AND EASY TO INSTALL
SafeBreak Vascular is inserted between the IV pump/bag and the catheter in the patient's arm. The medical professional first attaches SafeBreak to the IV tubing as seen in Figure X. The device is then primed (completely filled with fluid), ensuring no air is left inside the device. Next, the luer connection on the needleless connector from the patient's IV access site is scrubbed, as seen in Figure X. SafeBreak Vascular can then be connected to the patient's needleless connector, as shown in Figure X.
After SafeBreak Vascular is installed in the line, the IV infusion can begin. For full instructions on how to use SafeBreak Vascular, please consult the product's Instructions for Use.
BENEFITS OF USING SAFEBREAK VASCULAR
RESTART IV INFUSION QUICKLY WITHOUT A NEEDLESTICK
Restarting an IV normally requires finding a new vein and a needlestick. Average time from one study shows that the patient normally goes without IV medical treatment for 55 minutes. SafeBreak Vascular eliminates the tedious and stressful process of starting a new IV line. If a SafeBreak is installed in an IV line and the SafeBreak separates, the separated SafeBreak can be thrown away and a new SafeBreak installed in just a matter of minutes. The patient’s IV infusion can be restarted with no mess to clean up, no drugs to reorder, and most importantly, without an additional needlestick.
WORKS WITH ALL TYPES OF iV LINES - aNYWHERE
SafeBreak Vascular is compatible with both gravity fed tubing and infusion pump tubing. SafeBreak Vascular works with any peripheral IV, PICC, central line or mid-line. Luer IV connections are a global standard and preventing IV complications is a global problem. SafeBreak Vascular works on any IV line from Australia to Zambia.
REDUCES BLOOD LOSS AND MEDICINE SPILLES
Once SafeBreak Vascular has separated a valve on each end of the device closes. The valve connected to the line that goes to the IV pump closes to stop the flow of medicine. The valve on line connected to the patient closes and prevents the patient from bleeding.
Alarm goes off Currently when an IV dislodges, the pump doesn't know the IV catheter is out of the patient, so it continues to pump medication on the floor or in the patient's bed until someone turns the pump off.
REASSEMBLY NOT POSSIBLE
SafeBreak Vascular has a proprietary anti-reconnect feature that prevents anyone from accidentally putting the device back together. Once SafeBreak Vascular separates to protect an IV line, it is very important that a well intending family member or medical personnel is unable to put the device back together, as the disconnected IV line might fall into the patient's hospital bed or onto the floor. If someone were to put the device back together, the medication would run through a potentially contaminated line, which could lead to an infection.
During a patient's activities of daily living, they might roll or turn in bed, walk the halls, shower, or do physical therapy with their IV line. SafeBreak Vascular is designed, as can be seen in Figure 2, with rounded edges to avoid it catching on bed rails or any other object. The rounded edges and smooth surfaces minimize any discomfort that might happen when someone sleeps on their IV line.
1 Helm, R.E., et al., Accepted but Unacceptable: Peripheral IV Catheter Failure. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2015; 38(3):189-203.