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AKAS Medical Equipment, with 26 years of excellence in contributing to the infusion technology and market standing, is one of the fastest-growing medical device companies in India. AKAS Infusions is the research-driven organization with more than 10 percent of our work force working for the R&D department, and also a leading manufacturer of drug-delivery devices like volumetric and syringe infusion pumps. AKAS Infusions is an abbreviation of Advanced Knowledge on Accurate and Safe infusions.

AKAS has a well-planned roadmap ahead of time, where we are focused on innovations and quality of the product. We have planned to establish a state-of-the-art medical device R&D and manufacturing plant with all the modern amenities at 25,000 sq. ft. area in both Chennai and Trichy. Also, we employ well-qualified and dedicated engineers to take forward our products with new innovative ideas, where quality and affordability are not compromised.

As AKAS Infusions has excelled in infusion technology, it has come up with an idea to achieve high accuracy in volumetric infusion pumps through a fixed drop sensor concept. Executives working in the volumetric infusion pumps segment often wrongly guide the customers that the drop sensor is internally present, and this is due to the lack in technological understanding. The truth is, if there are no external drop sensors, then there is none. There can be no internal drop sensor.

Drop sensors are essential feedback mechanism for upstream occlusion, IV container/bottle empty and, most importantly, the accuracy of the flow when sub-standard quality of tubing sets is used.

IV administration sets in developing countries are highly compromised. The tubings suitable for the pumps are 2 to 4 times more expensive. But these low-cost IV administration sets specify the volume conversion based on the drops/mL. Normally, the IV sets specify between 15 and 20 drops/mL depending on the manufacturer. So, a volumetric infusion pump with drop sensor converts the drops to mL as per the manufacturer specification (or a one-time calibration) and thus maintains the accuracy of the flow. Hence the pumps with drop sensors can give +/−10% accuracy or even better.

For upstream occlusion complications, the blockage of fluid due to any reason in the supply side is quickly detected in pumps with drop sensors. In pumps without drop sensors, an upstream occlusion sensor is a must. Many pumps do not have an upstream occlusion sensor and rely on the air-in-line detector for upstream occlusion. This takes more time to detect.

So, if the IV disposables are not labelled for IV pumps, then it is advisable to use the volumetric infusion pumps with a fixed drop sensor.

Currently, AKAS is working on its fifth-generation syringe and volumetric infusion pumps with more advancements, plans to add more infusion therapy-related disposables, along with the existing high-pressure arterial lines used on syringe infusion pumps.

The company has also planned to launch ambulatory syringe driver, called as Mobifusion, dedicated for iron chelating therapy to treat thalassemia disorder, whereas AKAS Mobifusion is a compact, top-loading ambulatory syringe, which is used for delivering drugs in disposable syringes precisely and accurately according to the flow rates set mL/hr.

As we have expanded our market to various countries in the world, we are also complying with the regulations of those individual countries. We have obtained CE marking for our products under MDD, also complied with electrical and functional safety tests as per European standards and now currently we are working toward the transition of EU MDR 2017/745.

AKAS is committed to give high-quality products to its customers, so it has established the QMS as per ISO 13485:2016 – Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements of regulatory purposes, and it is continuously engaged to work for the mitigation of risks in their products as per ISO 14971:2019 – Medical devices – Application of risk management to medical devices. 

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