Changing from glass bottle IV solutions to plastic bagsThe first plastic IV solutions were introduced in the early 1970s. The plastic IV bags were more flexible than glass bottle solutions that were developed in 1933, according to Baxter.
Plastic solutions were previously used to store blood during World War II. By 1970, Baxter introduced its ViaFlex plastic IV container that allowed for the infusion of IV solutions within a closed system, reducing the risk for contamination. The IV products were also available with premixed IV drugs ready-to-use to make nurses’s jobs easier.