Dial-a-Flow Medicals Uses


The world of the nurse has changed a great deal over the past few years. Today, the nurse no longer has to stand and count drops for the infusion of IV fluids. The nurse’s routine changed a lot when the intravenous pumps (IV) became available. But with the hustle and bustle of the hospitals, the problem still arises, that there is just not enough IV pumps to go around. The Wolf-Pak Extension set, known to a lot of nurses as Dial-a-Flow sets, can be used in place of the IV pump when needed, this provides the safety of controlling the IV fluids for the patient. These help to prevent the patient from receiving more fluid than they are supposed to.

The Wolf-Pak Extension set is 18″ long and has an IV Rate Control Regulator. The really nice thing about these sets are that they are latex free, so there is no concerns when a patient is admitted that has latex allergies. They also feature non-DEHP tubing. This means that these extensions are not manufactured with DEHP. This is a plasticizer that is used in the manufacture of some IV tubing, that effects some people when they are exposed to it. The Dial-A-Flow system is a highly cost effective alternative to IV pumps.

The extension set being 18″ long, it allows for space between the IV line and the patient. The usual placement of the extension tubing is between the IV catheter that is inserted in the patient and the regular IV line that is connected to the infusion bag. The regulator on the extension tubing has bold printing on it making it is easy to read and it is easily adjusted to provide the amount of flow of the fluid that is ordered for the patient.

The Dial-a-Flow functions by gravity and helps to prevent the accidental free flow of solution to the patient. This helps prevent fluid overload. It will help to provide a more consistent flow of the fluid than a regular roller clamp does. These also help with the prevention of the tubing getting crimped or the roller clamp drifting.

The flow regulator will adjust from 0-250 ml/hr. This makes allowances for the rate that is ordered for the patient. These are designed to regulate the flow of the fluid, but because of the fact that they are manually regulated, they are not considered “infusion pumps”. The Wolf-Pak Extension sets come 50/case.

The age of the patient, severity of the illness, type of therapy, clinical setting, policy and procedures of the facility, and the knowledge of the nurse, should always be taken into consideration before using the flow regulators. The Dial-a-Flow should be checked during the infusion to ensure that the prescribed delivery rate is being delivered correctly. They do not replace the nurse’s responsibility to monitor the infusion of the therapy.


What is an Infusion Pharmacy?


An infusion pharmacy is designed to help people to receive their medical treatment at home, where they feel most comfortable. When armed with the right nurses and medical staff, it will be possible for a patient to receive the same medical care they would have in a traditional inpatient facility.

The infusion pharmacy is designed to ensure that a safe environment is maintained, while ensuring that regular therapy continues to be met. This is done by accessing the home and ensuring that it remains the safest place for patient care, while ensuring that a regular routine is being met.

When hired, the infusion pharmacy staff will typically handle everything from the distribution of medications, to the items that will be needed for therapy. This will include all the required pumps, supplies and other tools essential for wellbeing. Since the providers are trained in each of the different therapy types, they will know what will be needed and ensure that the patient has the best experience possible.

In some cases, this pharmacy will also provide patients with compounding that can help to deliver medications in an alternative method, as written by their physician. The most common method of therapy though is through the bloodstream with an intravenous approach, subcutaneously which is beneath the skin, or in the area of the spinal cord with an epidural.

The therapy that is administered will usually fall into one of several main categories. It will either be antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy, immune globulin, parenteral care, enteral care, pain management or in some cases immune globulin.

It is important to understand that the infusion pharmacy is more than a set of pharmacists providing you with care. Nurses, technicians and other specialists will all be part of the team that will be serving the patient and monitoring their progress as safety and compliance is also ensured during therapy. That ensures you get the same degree of assistance in your home that an inpatient setting would also provide.

Before you select to go this route, you will need to ensure that your insurance plan will cover this type of therapy. While most major insurers will, there may be restrictions in place that you will need to know. Typically, there is a limited range of conditions that will be approved and they include:

  • Infection therapy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer            
  • Gastrointestinal diseases         
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Pain management
  • Heart failure   
  • Immune disorders

Of course, your plan may cover additional treatment options. Since you will find that this remains the best approach to treatment, make sure you take the time to find a qualified pharmacy to provide you with all your needs and ensure that you are able to maintain your dignity and comfort by having all your treatments handled in the safety of your own home.

Understanding IV Infusion


A medical procedure that delivers a substance directly into a vein is known as an IV infusion. With IV therapy, substances like drugs, electrolytes and blood can be delivered. This is all done through a needle and either a central line or a peripheral line may be used.

When a patient needs an IV infusion and a central line is used, it will be targeting specific veins in the body. This allows for sensitive areas to receive fluids that will also allow for faster distribution throughout the body.

Typically, the set of items will include a sterile plastic bag that has an attachment that allows the flow rate to be controlled. It is then connected to sterilized tubing and clamps that allow for flow regulation, with an access devise. Infusion pumps are then used to help better control the rat and determine how quickly it will be infused into the body. In cases where a rapid infusion is required, warmers and cuffs may be used to ensure the faster flow rate.

It is important to understand that with an IV infusion, there are still adverse reactions that may occur, even when proper precautions are taken. The main concern that hospitals face is infection, because of the break in the skin that the needle creates. While the wound may be in one location, the infusion may allow the bacteria to quickly enter the blood stream. This can cause serious health risks. In addition to this, IV fluids can also cause a selection of additional problems.

They include air bubbles, blood clots, extravasation, fluid overloading, infiltration, imbalances, hypothermia and vein inflammation. To reduce the risk of infection, it is vital to ensure sterile supplies are used for each application and that area cleaning is done. In addition to this, parts should be regularly changed out and devices that may carry bacteria are removed at once.

Hypothermia will usually only be a concern when patients are given an infusion of a substance that is below the normal body temperature that can cause a rapid decline in temperature.

With the IV infusion, vein inflammation is perhaps the most common because a foreign substance is being introduced into the body and this can lead to a negative reaction. When the tissue and not the vein are impacted, this is where infiltration and extravasation is found. This can be a critical condition and should be treated at once in an effort to stabilize the patient.

IV infusion can be a great way to introduce fluids, drugs and medications. However, one must use extreme caution when introducing anything into the body. Be sure to regularly check on the patient to ensure that they are experiencing any complications.