An Infusion Set is a medical device used to deliver intravenous (IV) fluids, medications, or blood products from a container, such as an IV bag or bottle, into a patient’s bloodstream. It typically consists of a flexible tube connected to a needle or catheter at one end for insertion into the patient’s vein. The other end is attached to the container holding the IV solution.
Key features of an Infusion Set:
Needle or Catheter: The needle or catheter is inserted into the patient’s vein, establishing a connection between the IV solution and the circulatory system.
Drip Chamber: A drip chamber near the insertion site allows healthcare providers to monitor the flow of the IV solution and check for air bubbles.
Flow Regulator: Some infusion sets have a flow regulator to control the rate at which the solution is delivered.
Luer Lock or Other Connectors: The end of the tube typically includes a connector, like a Luer lock, to secure the set to the IV container or other equipment.
Infusion sets are fundamental in various medical situations, such as surgeries, hospital care, and outpatient treatments. They enable healthcare professionals to deliver fluids and medications safely, accurately, and efficiently, ensuring that patients receive the necessary treatment and hydration. The design and components of infusion sets may vary, but their primary purpose is to facilitate the controlled delivery of substances directly into a patient’s veins.
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