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Baxter's V-Link Luer-Activated Device With VitalShield Protective Coating Now Available For Hospitals
Date:4/9/2008

posium titled, "Battling Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections: What Has Worked; What Is Now Needed," specialists from prominent institutions discussed the need for both improved technique and technology as a means to further reduce the risk of bloodstream infections.

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

Many hospitalized patients need a steady supply of medications or fluids delivered into their bloodstream. Typically, an IV catheter is placed in a patient's vein to allow direct access to the bloodstream. 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 specific pathogens within the device at the point of entry to the patient's bloodstream. Reduction in colonization or microbial growth on the device has not yet been studied to substantiate a reduction in bloodstream infections.

V-Link is uniquely coated on both inner and outer surfaces with a proprietary silver-based 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.

About Healthcare-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Researchers have estimated that more than 400,000 bloodstream infections occur each year in the
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