A measured volume infusion set is a medical device used to deliver a precise and predetermined volume of fluid to a patient over a specific period. It is commonly used in medical settings, such as hospitals and clinics, to administer medications, intravenous fluids, and other therapeutic solutions accurately.
- Precise volume control: The key feature of a measured volume infusion set is its ability to deliver a specific volume of fluid accurately. This is achieved through the design of the tubing and components, which allows for precise measurement and control of the fluid flow.
- Calibration markings: The infusion set tubing often has calibration markings that allow healthcare professionals to monitor the amount of fluid delivered to the patient during the infusion process.
- Drip chamber: Like standard infusion sets, a measured volume infusion set may include a drip chamber to visualize and control the flow of fluid into the patient’s intravenous access.
- Flow regulator: To maintain the precise delivery of fluid, a flow regulator or flow control device may be present in the set. This helps healthcare providers adjust the flow rate to match the prescribed volume and infusion duration accurately.
- Luer lock or luer slip connector: The measured volume infusion set is designed with a secure connector (luer lock or luer slip) at one end to attach to the IV catheter or patient’s intravenous access site.
- Medication administration: Measured volume infusion sets are widely used to administer medications that require precise dosing, such as antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and other intravenous therapies.
- IV fluid administration: In situations where a specific volume of intravenous fluid is required, measured volume infusion sets are used to ensure accurate fluid delivery.
- Critical care and intensive care: These infusion sets are commonly employed in critical care and intensive care units to administer medications and fluids accurately, especially in patients with strict fluid balance requirements.
- Pediatric and neonatal care: Measured volume infusion sets are particularly useful in pediatric and neonatal care, where accurate dosing and fluid control are essential to avoid potential complications.
- Blood transfusions: In certain cases, measured volume infusion sets may be used during blood transfusions to control the rate of blood flow and ensure precise transfusion volumes.