Inflatable Pressure Infusers Can Deliver Fatal Air Emboli from IV Solution Bags

January 11, 2023 | Evaluations & Guidance


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In certain circumstances, the use of an inflatable pressure infuser (IPI) to administer IV fluids creates an increased risk of infusing air from the IV bag into the patient. Consequences to the patient depend on the size and location of the air embolism; some emboli are essentially harmless, while others can lead to brain damage or death from cardiovascular collapse. Using IPIs to infuse through intracardiac...

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