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ICU Medical to Launch MicroCLAVE® Clear Needlefree Connector at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) April 1-4 in Dallas
Date:3/31/2011

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ICU Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICUI) today announced that it will initiate the full market release of the MicroCLAVE Clear Neutral Displacement Needlefree Connector at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) April 1-4 in Dallas. MicroCLAVE Clear allows clinicians to visualize the fluid path, verifying effective flushing of the patient catheter after use with blood and medications that could leave residual or fluid precipitates after aspiration or infusion. The connector's clinically proven MicroCLAVE design effectively clears blood and blood residual with flush volumes as low as 2.0 mL, while the connector's clear housing allows for visualization of the internal fluid path upon flushing the connector.

In a recent study comparing the flushing efficiency of different designs of clear needlefree connectors, the neutral displacement MicroCLAVE Clear was shown to be superior to either the positive displacement CareFusion® MaxPlus® or the negative displacement Baxter® ClearLink® as determined by the total flush volume needed to clear the connector of blood elements. The study showed that the MicroCLAVE Clear was free of blood residual after an average of 2.5mL saline flush, with 60% of the connectors flushing clear with only a 2 mL flush. By contrast, 100% of the MaxPlus connectors tested showed residual blood after a 10mL saline flush, as did 40% of the ClearLink connectors.(1)

Previous studies have demonstrated that the more proteinaceous material—including small blood clots—that resides in the connector hub, the greater the chance infection.(2) Infection is a major concern in the hospital environment and especially so given the issues of antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infection.

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