Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “The type of IV connector used in vascular access is closely linked to a patientâ€™s chance of getting a dangerous bloodstream infection, according to two new studies. The studies compared several different types of needleless IV connectors.
A zero displacement IV connector outperformed other connector designs in two different studies that were statistically significant, according to a scientific poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Vascular Access. The studies in the poster were intended to determine if there was a connector design that would not â€œdefeat healthcare workers if they donâ€™t use the devices correctly, whether it is disinfecting the device or flushing the device,â€ the authors state. There is a much higher risk of infection with connectors that are highly dependent on technique or have other design flaws, the authors say.”