Everyone knows how important IV bags are to ambulances, hospitals, and other medical facilities, but where exactly do they come from? If you don’t know the answer, then you’re not alone–it’s really not something that the average person needs to think about. If you are curious though, then here’s the answer: compounding pharmacies.
What Are Compounding Pharmacies?
Compounding pharmacies They’re essentially a smart system of pumps, valves, and sensors that can take inputs from multiple IV bags and precisely mix them into one IV bag that’s customized for a patient. This is especially useful for IV bags that need to encompass a custom mixture of doses, drugs, or nutrients.
Believe it or not, before compounding pharmacies existed, IV bags used to be mixed by hand. In comparison, it’s easy to deduce that the old way wasn’t nearly as efficient.
How Sensors Make It All Possible
A collection of sensors is what gives life to this wonderful technology. Which sensors? Bubble sensors, occlusion sensors, and scale or load cells.
- Redundant bubble sensors ensure proper dosing
- Occlusion sensors detect blockages and ensure proper dosing
- Scales or load cells weigh the final IV bag and ensure proper total weight.
There you have it. Together, these sensors allow IV bags to be mass-produced, saving many lives as a result.
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