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Baxter Receives 510(k) Clearance From FDA For V-Link With VitalShield, New Antimicrobial Intravascular Technology
Date:11/9/2007

are system," states Dennis G. Maki, MD, Ovid O. Meyer Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "While adherence to basic infection control practices and procedures are essential, I believe that novel technologies for prevention are urgently needed to complement these efforts and reduce risk to the lowest levels possible."

About V-Link Luer-activated device with VitalShield protective coating

Many hospitalized patients need a steady supply of medications or fluids delivered into their blood stream. Typically, an IV catheter is placed in a patient's vein to allow direct access to the blood stream. In the process of injecting medications or fluids into a sterile line, surface or other environmental contaminants may be introduced. V-Link with VitalShield, a needleless IV connector used with the catheter or IV tubing, helps to prevent contamination and growth of pathogens on the device at this point of entry to the patient's blood stream. Reduction in colonization or microbial growth on the device has not been shown to correlate with a reduction in infections.

V-Link is uniquely coated on both inner and outer surfaces with a proprietary silver technology, called VitalShield. Silver is a well-known antimicrobial agent, and this specially designed formulation has been shown to be effective against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. The silver antimicrobial agent helps prevent the contamination and growth of these pathogens within the V-Link device. The antimicrobial agent is not intended to be used as a treatment for existing infections.

The V-Link LAD with VitalShield protective coating is the first introduction of Baxter's newly developed Vital Infusion Systems product line -- a new integrated portfolio of products developed to promote safety and reliability, and decrease risks associated with IV therapy.

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