Site Saver, Inc. (Fayetteville, AR)

A breakaway medical tubing connector and method for connecting two pieces of medical tubing includes two members: a pump side and a patient side member positioned axially opposite from the side member of the pump. The pump side component has a first channel and one valve. The pump side member includes another channel that is located inside the patient side member and another valve that is located within the second channel. The first valve could be an active or passive valve as the second valve may be either. For a detachable coupling, a securing bar can be put on the pump side member. A securing bar could be placed on the patient side members.

The present disclosure generally refers to tubing connectors that are used for intravenous insertion. The present disclosure is more precise and pertains to the automatic sealing of breakaway intravenous line connectors.

Medical tubing to transfer fluids between and to a patient is common procedure in medical settings. The technology and methods for intravenous fluids have improved to a point where many of the devices that are associated with intravenous applicationsare discreet and frequently omitted by the patient. Therefore, it’s not unusual for patients to attempt a movement that is limited by the medical tubing as well as the devices attached at each end of the medical tubing. When the patient’s entry point to the vein becomes damaged, this can cause discomfort, pain, and even death. This could lead to serious tears, abrasions and even hemorrhaging. This is particularly harmful to patients if the point of entry is a major vein an artery, organ, or.

When an access point is affected by an accidental movement, it can result in an unsafe and unhealthy environment since the patient could suffer a hemorrhage, and the fluids that were collected or transferred to the patient will pour outfrom the containers for storage. The patient might panic and attempt to reconnect the line. This can result in grave injury or even death. The line, insertion point, and fluids may have been contaminated in the detachment and if the patient manages to reconnect the line, the patient is exposing pathogens as well as other contaminants directly into the body. This could lead to grave and deadly infections, as well as grave complications.

Enhancements in devices and techniques to prevent accidental elimination of intravenous injection sites and breakaway connectors are essential for medical tubing.

This Brief Summary is provided to provide a range of ideas in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. The Summary is not able to identify the most important features or characteristics of the claimedsubject matter. It is not intended to to determine the extent of the claim.

One feature of the invention is a connector device that breaks away that can be placed between two medical tubing devices. The tube, or device is typically found in medical practice. It permits the connecting of a piece of tubing to an external portion of the body. The second container for fluid is for infusion, or a container to remove of fluids, may include an pumping mechanism that runs within the tubing between the patient and the container. The connection point between these respective medical tubing segments is of paramount significance, since it provides an entrance point for pathogens, and is typically near to the patient, and therefore near the point of infusion.

This invention allows for a fluid, sealed connection between two pieces of medical tubing. However, the tubing sections can be disengaged from each other once an appropriate limit of tension or range has been applied. The adhesive or securement devices cannot fail before the threshold is achieved. This prevents the unfortunate incident of removing the device. Both sides of the device are bonded to the tubing to protect against external pathogens. It also prevents fluid leakage out of the container or from the patient by blocking the flow of fluid. A special tool is required to attach the devices.

Many other advantages, features and other advantages of the disclosed invention will be easily evident to those who are skilled in the art after a reviewing the drawings below.

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