UV Blocking IV Medication Bag To Reduce Chemical Breakdown of Pharmaceutical Agents
Student Team: IntraVenus
Golpar, Ghassemian, NP, Emory University Hospital
Intravenous medication is one of the fastest, most reliable methods of systemic drug delivery, however, an estimated 14% of medications delivered intravenously undergo photodegradation when exposed to light. Ultraviolet rays can cause chemical breakdown of photosensitive drugs, which can lead to altered potency and possible adverse side effects. Current solutions include opaque plastic covers placed over the IV bag, which can present opportunities for medical error, inadequate UV protection, and contribute to growing medical waste. Our solution to this problem, the IntraVenus Lumi-Lock IV bag, is a redesigned IV bag with a transparent UV-blocking coating. The body of the IV bag is made of recyclable ethyl-vinyl acetate (EVA) plastic, free of PVC, DEHP, and other potentially harmful materials. Our IV bag features a triple layer technology which can block up to 90% of UV rays. This includes an inner EVA layer of drug contacting plastic, a middle layer of zinc oxide (ZnO) cellulose film providing UV protection, and an exterior EVA layer to provide structural support for the inner and middle layer. The bag also features a redesigned ergonomic handle, making it easy to use. Zinc oxide is a common mineral found in sunscreens, varnishes, and protective plastic coverings due to its UV protective properties. Zinc oxide nanoparticles are large enough to scatter or absorb UV light but small enough to allow visible light to pass. This coating is optically transparent and clear in color but blocks up to 90% of UV rays, which is equivalent in performance to opaque plastic IV bag covers. Our redesigned bag allows for consistent protection from photodegradation from storage to administration, improves usability, and is made from sustainable materials. The IntraVenus Lumi-Lock IV Bag creates a streamlined experience for healthcare personnel using photosensitive medications by providing reliable drug protection without compromising functionality.