The precisely forged fiber optic disposable, or “Dry Light Adapter” (“DLA” for short), is a biocompatible, sterilized component that brings light therapy directly inside the body by integrating into an existing peripheral catheter. The proximal end of the UVLrx DLA™ mates with the adapter of the Patient Cable, receiving light generated by the UVLrx Station™ and emitting it out the distal end of the sheathed fiber optic of the UVLrx DLA™ into the peripheral catheter.
Integration of UVLrx DLA™ into Standard Catheter
The stainless steel sheathed fiber optic of the UVLrx DLA™ is designed to fit into a standard 20-gauge x 1” peripheral catheter. The fiber optic component extends beyond the UVLrx DLA™ plastic body, into the catheter lumen, but does not pass beyond the catheter lumen and never directly coming into contact with bodily fluid or tissue. Therefore, the UVLrx DLA™ simply uses an existing catheter as a conduit to deliver the therapeutic dose of light energy.
UVLrx DLA’s™ Seamless Integration into Standard of Care
Another important design element of the UVLrx DLA™ is the hollowed conical structure, which permits the flow of intravascular fluid. Plastic saline tubing extends from the UVLrx DLA’s™ core plastic structure in a 45 degree angle and connects directly with standard IV tubing. Saline solution from the IV bag flows directly into the UVLrx DLA™ body, around the fiber optic integrated into the catheter lumen, and into the patient.
The fiber optic component of the UVLrx DLA™ is shielded mechanically to eliminate the chance of severe bends or breakage of the fiber optic element. The UVLrx DLA™ is single-patient, single-use and is designed to be disposed of after each treatment. The UVLrx DLA™ is packaged in a printed Tyvek / poly pouch, and is sterilized with Gamma radiation.