The patent-pending Orchid Safety Release Valve prevents 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.

Advantages of the Orchid Safety Release Valve

More Efficient Use of Labor

  • Reducing accidental catheter dislodgement means less nursing time spent on IV restarts.

Lower Cost to Replace Supplies

  • When catheter dislodgement does occur, you don’t need to replace a complete IV setup (needle, catheter/hub, extension set, administration set, etc.). Just replace the ORCHID SRV and resume the flow of fluids.

Reduced Central Line Risk

  • Minimize the need for riskier central vascular access by retaining peripheral IV site integrity.
  • For CVS and PICC hubs, Orchid SRV may reduce dislodgement risk and expensive line replacement.

Greater Patient Satisfaction

  • For Patients, fewer needlesticks = happier patients.
  • For providers, pediatric and other caregivers are more frequently associated with positive treatment experiences.

Shorter Hospital Stays

  • Fewer treatment interruptions = shorter hospitalizations.

Reduced Potential for Traumatic Events

  • In pediatrics, IV dislodgements and restarts can be traumatic events.  This event category is targeted for aggressive risk reduction.

Reduced Sharps Exposure Risks

  • Accidental catheter dislodgement exposes a caregiver to an average of 2 needles per restart.

Fewer Complications

  • Accidental dislodgment can increase the risk of phlebitis, infiltration and infection.

Shorter Treatment Delays

  • Restored treatment by simply replacing the Orchid SRV – avoiding a full IV restart and delay in treatment.

How does the Orchid Valve help prevent IV dislodgement?

The ORCHID Valve was designed with both the patient and the administrator in mind. The overall goals of the the ORCHID Valve are multi-tiered:

  • Mitigate potential for infiltration, phlebitis, other infection risks by retaining initial IV site integrity.
  • Minimize IV dislodgment, thus less needle sticks, increased success of treatment.
  • Create a sterile barrier, stop fluid flow on IV dislodgment to mitigate downtime.
  • Nurse becomes a treatment partner and ally vs. needle stick owner.


The average IV restart can cost an average of $30. We can do better.


  • Labor
  • Supplies
  • Risk of Central Line
  • Satisfaction


  • Potential for Traumatic Events
  • Needle Stick Exposure Risks
  • Need for Secondary Securement Devices
  • Phlebitis, Infiltration and Associated Infection Risks

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