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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

connectors that includes the original MicroCLAVE and the antimicrobial MicroCLAVE, MicroCLAVE Clear shares the design features that have been clinically proven to provide a safe and effective microbial barrier. The neutral displacement straight fluid path design, split-septum, and minimal deadspace of the MicroCLAVE work together to help minimize blood reflux into the tip of the catheter upon connection or disconnection of the luer. Not only does the MicroCLAVE provide enhanced patient safety through innovative technology but it has also been proven to provide an effective microbial barrier against bacteria transfer and contamination.(3-5) In addition, The MicroCLAVE's neutral displacement design may help hospitals address recent concerns raised by the FDA regarding the safety of positive displacement connectors.(6)

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(1) Sylvia, C. DVM, MS, Breznock E. DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS. The in vivo evaluation of the flushing efficiency of different designs of clear needlefree connectors, data on file at ICU Medical, February 2011. (2) Jarvis WR, et al Increased bloodstream infection rates in surgical patients associated with variation from recommended use and care following implementation of a needleless device. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1998 Jan; 19(1):23-7 (3) ECRI Institute, Health Devices. Evaluation of Needleless Connectors. September 2008, Volume 37, Number 9: 259-286. (4) Ryder M, RN, PhD. Bacterial transfer through needlefree connectors: Comparison of nine different devices. Poster presented at the Annual Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) conference 2007, Abstract 412. (5) Moore C, RN, MBA, CIC. Maintained Low Rate of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (CR-BSIs) After Discontinuation of a Luer Access Device (LAD) At an Academic Medical Center. Poster presented at the
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