Updated on February 5, 2024


Created on May 25, 2016

DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor

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DripAssist is a rate monitor for IV delivery.

Developed By
  1. Shift Labs
Tested By
  • Keystone Compliance
  • Safety Engineering Laboratories
  • Shift Labs
Content Partners
  1. World Health Organization (WHO)


Product Description

DripAssist is an infusion rate monitor that clips onto any gravity drip set to continuously monitor flow rate and volume when administering IV medication.

Information for this product was provided courtesy of the WHO’s 2016 Call for Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings.

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Shift Labs. Further distributtors coming soon. Interview with representative

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Rice University IV DRIP.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Manufactured in USA under specific conditions required to maintain regulatory compliance of class II medical device according to FDA classifications (11b for CE).

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Users can obtain the product/service from the manufacturer, national distributor, international distributor, and direct sales.

Distributions to Date Status

1,000-10,000 units Interview with representative

Maximum dose volume monitored

999mLInterview with representative

Measurement units

Flow rate (mL/h), drops per minute (dp/m) and total volume (mL)


±1% drip rate

Alarm (Y/N)

Yes, 89 dB at 10cm approx. Sounds at ±13% rate change or when flow stops.



Power supply type

One AA battery

Indispensable equipment for function (Y/N)

Yes, I.V drip and medication

Maintenance or calibration required by user at time of use? (Y/N)


Design Specifications

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by in country distributor or call/email info@shiftlabs.com. Webinars are available for DripAssist training. Interview with representative

Replacement Components

One AA battery, which the user should be able to find in his or her country of residence ^(Interview with representative)


2+ years Interview with representative Battery life on a full charge is 360-400 hours. Interview with representative.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

To solve a problem that nurses and doctors reported having-- administering medication accurately with gravity. ^(Interview with representative)

Vetted Performance Status

Nurses and doctors at international health organizations and hospitals report being able to administer medication accurately with DripAssist Interview with representative.


Certain safety precautions can be found in a user manual

Complementary Technical Systems

I.V. drip, medication

Academic Research and References

Raghavendra B ; Vijayalakshmi K ; Manish Arora, Intravenous Drip Meter and Controller, IEEE Xplore: 24 March 2016


Shift Labs. Device, Method and System for Monitoring the delivery of fluids through a drip chamber, Patent, 2015.

Shift Labs, “DripAssist Webinar – Learn to Use DripAssist in One Minute“, Youtube, 2017

Compliance with regulations

FDA-cleared and CE-marked IEC 60601-1: 2005 + CORR. 1:2006 + CORR. 2:2007 + AM1:2012 ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1:2005+A2 (R2012)

Evaluation methods

Field tested in Rwanda, West Africa, and Haiti.  Interview with representative.

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