The patent-pending Orchid Safety Release Valve is designed to prevent accidental dislodgement of IV catheters. The device attaches to existing luers between the extension set and the IV administration set. It breaks away and seals off both sides of the line with a sterile barrier when a sudden force is applied to the line such as a patient movement or snagged line.
After the device breaks away, the IV pump recognizes the line as occluded, triggering an alarm to notify staff of the disconnection. To restart the flow of fluids, a clinician simply attaches a new, sterile valve to the line.