The Aquadex FlexFlow is a sophisticated system engineered to simply, safely, and precisely remove excess fluid (primarily excess salt and water) from patients suffering from fluid overload who have failed diuretic therapy. With the Aquadex FlexFlow, medical practitioners can specify and control the amount of fluid to be extracted from a patient's blood at the most safe, predictable, and effective rate.
Peripheral or central venous access may be used to access the patients’ blood and up to 500 ml or 1.1 lb of fluid can be safely removed per hour. The average removal rate is 250 ml or ½ lb an hour and treatment usually lasts about 24 hours.
The Aquadex FlexFlow has been shown to have no clinically significant impact on electrolyte balance, blood pressure or heart rate.
View an Animation of the Aquadex FlexFlow in Operation
The Aquadex FlexFlow offers a precise and safe approach to treating fluid overload:
The Aquadex FlexFlow is equipped with safety monitors to automatically detect air or blood inside the blood circuit. A data key memory device ensures the blood filter/circuit is not reused. The system is also equipped with a weight scale to monitor how much fluid has been extracted from a patient.
The device automatically runs self-tests during power-up and operation. Several features alert users to varying states of operation:
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