The growth in health care technology is universal yet has a long way to go. Future progress depends on today's investment in research, development, and education. Such urgent issues cannot be left to determine by themselves but rather must be addressed to ensure a stable health care system.
The Product: Intravenous fluids, also called IV fluids, are fluids that enter human body directly into the bloodstream through a needle designed for this purpose. This system can replenish body’s fluids much more quickly and safely than one can do by drinking water or electrolyte solutions.
In current medical technology, there exists a variety of devices that deliver intravenous fluids to patients. These devices offer some degree of portability, however, the majority of these devices makes patient confined to bed.
To prevail over this issue, research is intended to explore the possibility of administration of intravenous (IV) fluid into a human body and more particularly to an apparatus which can be fastened to human body and pivotally holding an IV drip bag such that the IV fluid could be supplied to the human body continuously even when the patient is in the move.
It relates to intravenous delivery systems and in particular to ambulatory intravenous delivery systems which provide a metered flow while allowing the patient to move about.
The existing system forces the patient to lay down on bed for 6-18 hours depending on requirement and mostly the flow rate of the intravenous fluid is not monitored, current research addresses these two issues.
Working Principle: In a preferred method of treatment according to the research, the ambulatory IV system of the invention can be operated as follows. The infusion bag is attached to a strap element that secures the system to a patient's body. An inelastic fabric layer, such as a web or mesh fabric, is attached to one of the surfaces of the infusion bag such that a space is formed between the infusion bag and the fabric. In one embodiment, fabric attaches only to the infusion bag at side portions thereof, leaving openings at either end of the assembly to accommodate the egress of tubing.
The IV bag is placed within the space formed between the infusion bag and the web. Once the infusion bag is properly positioned, the infusion bag is pressurized, e.g., using a hand pump. Pressurization of the fluid bag communicates a compressive force to the IV bag. This compressive force causes fluid within the IV bag to be forced out of the bag and into the drip chamber. So long as the drip chamber is maintained in a substantially vertical orientation, a controlled flow of IV fluid will be delivered via the IV tubing to the patient.