BD launches closed IV catheter system for protecting healthcare
3 August 2009
BD Medical, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company),
has announced the UK launch of the latest BD Nexiva closed intravenous
(IV) catheter system designed to reduce healthcare workers’ risk of needlestick injuries and minimise exposure to blood.
The system includes the BD QSyte Luer access split septum to help
reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). It also
introduces a range of new features for ease of use and performance
“BD continues to grow its portfolio of innovative products designed
to help healthcare organisations in the UK and around the world protect
their healthcare workers and patients from infection,” said Suzanne
Grant, Business Director, BD Medical, Medical Surgical Systems.
“The latest BD Nexiva closed IV catheter system reflects our ongoing
efforts to improve clinical efficacy and patient comfort in infusion
therapy it not only simplifies the IV therapy process, but also is
designed to remove some typical sources of risk.”
Studies have shown that needlestick injuries are a significant risk
to the physical and psychological health of nurses, and cause
significant additional costs to healthcare provision .
Used for peripheral venous access, the all-in-one BD Nexiva system is
designed to reduce insertion attempts and limit healthcare workers'
exposure to blood with its innovative blood-containment system that
helps minimise blood leakage from the catheter hub. This
safety-engineered system is also designed to reduce needlestick injury
by using passive needle-shielding technology that does not compromise
the insertion techniques.
Studies in Europe have estimated that the associated costs of CRBSIs
may be hundreds of millions of euros. An important feature incorporated
into the BD Nexiva is the BD QSyte Luer access
split septum, which offers a straight and unobstructed fluid path, high
flow rates, clear visibility and cleanability.
A split septum needle access system has 64-70% lower CRBSI rates than
mechanical valves . By eliminating the complexities of mechanical
valves, this split-septum device helps reduce the number of places where
bacteria may thrive .
In fact, comparison studies found that patients are three times more
likely, on average, to develop a CRBSI with mechanical valves versus a
split-septum needleless access system .
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