Alaska Patent of the Month – February 2023

Intravenous (IV) therapy is an efficient method for delivering fluids to patients, but there is always room for improvement. The traditional drip chamber assembly, which regulates the flow of fluids, has its own limitations, including a tendency to introduce gas bubbles, maintain the correct height, and hold its connection under pressure.

That’s why the invention of a new drip chamber assembly is a game changer in the field of medicine. Mobile I.V. Systems, LLC has developed an innovative device that holds its connection under pressure and functions consistently, regardless of its orientation. The assembly is designed with complementary locking portions, which allows it to remain joined even when substantial force is applied within the chamber.

The assembly is made up of a half-spherical drip chamber bottom, a half-spherical drip chamber top, fluid delivery tubes, and a drip chamber cap. The interlocking of the half spheres allows for the drip chamber to remain joined even under high pressure. Additionally, the assembly has the capability of being used with a cuff that holds the fluid to be delivered and can use a gas cartridge for pressurizing the cuff, which in turn pressurizes the source of the fluid to provide for rapid delivery or infusion.

What’s more, the drip chamber assembly has chamber caps with outlets with different cross-sectional areas. As the cross-sectional area of the outlet decreases, the number of drops per volume of fluid increases. This allows medical personnel to estimate the rate at which fluids are being administered.

Mobile I.V. Systems’ drip chamber assembly is a breakthrough in intravenous therapy. Its innovative design allows for a more accurate and consistent flow of fluids, reduces the risk of introducing gas bubbles into the patient’s veins, and functions in any position and in any situation. Say goodbye to the limitations of traditional drip chamber assemblies and hello to a new and improved way of delivering fluids to patients.

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