IV Fluid Generation

IV Fluid Generation

THE CHALLENGE
THE RESEARCH
THE PROGRESS
IV FLUID GENERATION GAPS


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NASA designed and operated the IVGEN experiment onboard the ISS Expedition (Increment) 23/24 during May 2010. This hardware was a demonstration experiment to generate IV fluid from ISS Water Processing Assembly (WPA) potable water using a water purification technique and pharmaceutical mixing system. The IVGEN experiment utilizes a deionizing resin bed to remove contaminants from feedstock water to a purity level that meets the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

NASA designed and operated the IVGEN experiment onboard the ISS Expedition (Increment) 23/24 during May 2010.  This hardware was a demonstration experiment to generate IV fluid from ISS Water Processing Assembly (WPA) potable water using a water purification technique and pharmaceutical mixing system.  The IVGEN experiment utilizes a deionizing resin bed to remove contaminants from feedstock water to a purity level that meets the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

  • ISS – International Space Station

    IV – Intravenous

    IVGEN – Intravenous Fluid Generation

    MSG – Microgravity Science Glovebox

    NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    USP – United States Pharmacopeia

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IV Fluids

We do not have the capability to generate and utilize sterile intravenous fluid from potable water during exploration missions.

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