Presentation at AVA conference outlines effectiveness of Needlefree devices

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Intravenous news: Infection Control Today report “The type of IV connector used in vascular access is closely linked to a patient’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 “defeat healthcare workers if they don’t use the devices correctly, whether it is disinfecting the device or flushing the device,” 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.”

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