ASP AirPurgeAnesthesia Safety Products LLC, a designer and manufacturer of fluid management devices, has received a De Novo Class II clearance from the FDA for its AirPurge System. The device detects, removes, and disposes of air bubbles in intravenous lines during the administration of intravenous solutions, blood and blood products.

The system monitors the IV line attached to the device for any air bubbles, which, when found, are  diverted to a built-in reservoir and disposed of in a collection bag. The system does not require any manual intervention.

According to the company, the AirPurge System can be integrated into an IV set up routine by installing it on the IV pole just below a fluid or blood warmer to capture smaller air bubbles that are typically generated during the infusate heating process.