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January 1980

Electronic Flow Control and Roller Clamp Control in Intravenous Therapy: A Clinical Comparison

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine (Dr Bivins), the College of Pharmacy (Dr Rapp and Mr Butler), and the Department of Nursing (Ms Powers), Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, and the Statistics Section of the Tobacco and Health Research Institute (Dr Haack), University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(1):70-72. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380010058011

• In a prospective clinical study, an electronic intravenous (IV) rate controller was compared with a standard roller clamp for control of IV infusions. The electronic IV rate controller was associated with fewer complications and more accurate fluid therapy than was the roller clamp. There was also a substantial savings of nursing time and a potential for cost savings when the electronic IV rate controller was used.

(Arch Surg 115:70-72, 1980)