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February 1976

Membrane FiltersAdditional Safety for Intra-arterial Infusions

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine (Drs Meeker and Bivins), and the College of Pharmacy (Drs Rapp and DeLuca), University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(2):201. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360200107024

• The addition of a 0.45μ in-line membrane-filter to the delivery system for intra-arterial infusion therapy is a simple and inexpensive means of providing additional safety. The filter decreases particulate and microorganism infusion by removing all measurable particles and most bacterial and fungal organisms. Since air will not pass through the filter, air embolism is prevented. In addition, in the event of set disruption, the filter will prevent bleeding via red blood cells clogging the membrane.

(Arch Surg 111:201, 1976)