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IV Pressure Bag

A pressure bag (sometimes referred to as a pressure pump) is a special bag used with an IV bag. The IV bag contains fluids (blood, medications, nutrients) and connects via IV tubing to an IV line in the patient. IV fluids normally drip into the IV line. The pressure pump is used to help the IV fluids either run faster or continuously flow into the patient.

A pressure bag is used when a critically ill or injured patient requires a rapid administration of fluids or blood products because of an emergency situation, such as low blood pressure or bleeding.

The IV fluids or blood products can be given faster with a pressure bag. It wraps around the IV bag and is inflated with a hand pump to the required pressure. The increased pressure surrounding the fluids causes them to flow faster into the patient.


       

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