Technologies


Intravenous Feed Anchor System (IVFAS)

Reference#: P01324


IV treatment, administered on an inpatient or outpatient basis, is often interrupted by unintentional movement, blockage or removal of the IV from the patient. These very serious interruptions often create force on the IV supply line and can result in loss of IV dispensed fluids disrupting patient care. In addition, breakage of the IV needle causes both patient discomfort and the need for immediate attention by the medical staff. The above situations could be remedied by attaching a safety device to the currently commercially available IV systems. Presently, the IV systems used on human patients are often held in place with a bountiful use of medical/surgical tape. While satisfactory for short term IV therapy, this method of fixation is neither cost effective not practical, especially for active children, patients in distress, or geriatric patients.

The novel IVFAS developed at Johns Hopkins can be attached to the body wherever IV systems are currently applied. The unique design provides strain relief from supply line tugs and pulls which exert influence at the point of IV insertion. The IVFAS is easy to use, and is applied in less time than present fixation methods. In addition, by eliminating use of tape for IV fixation, overall patient comfort would be substantially increased. The novel IVFAS developed at Johns Hopkins can be attached to the body wherever IV systems are currently applied. The unique design provides strain relief from supply line tugs and pulls which exert influence at the point of IV insertion. The IVFAS is easy to use, and is applied in less time than present fixation methods. In addition, by eliminating use of tape for IV fixation, overall patient comfort would be substantially increased.

Patent Status: U.S. patent(s) 6,228,064 issued.

*Available for licensing.

CONTACT:
Ms. H. L. Curran
Phone: (443) 778-7262
ott-techmanager4@jhuapl.edu

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