Device reduces risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections and needlestick injury
The Association for Aseptic Practice (ASAP) has announced its endorsement of BD’s Nexiva Closed IV Catheter System as a best practice medical device designed to reduce the risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs).
The system is the first IV catheter technology to be recognised as supporting The ASAP and Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT) clinical framework.
The ASAP oversees the understanding and development of ANTT, a unique and widely recognised and adopted standardised approach to aseptic practice that has been shown to considerably help reduce healthcare acquired infections such as MRSA and MSSA. BD’s Nexiva helps to ensure that best aseptic practice is achieved and clinical procedure is not compromised.
Stephen Rowley, clinical director of ANTT UK/USA, said: “Our evaluation identified that BD Nexiva design will help promote asepsis and assists in aseptic technique pre and intra-procedure. The design should also help reduce insertion attempts and improve first-stick success. The blood and needle containment systems were also considered to be innovative ways of protecting healthcare staff.
Used for peripheral venous access, the all-in-one BD Nexiva system features BD Instaflash technology, which is designed to reduce insertion attempts and with its innovative blood containment system, limit healthcare workers’ exposure to blood. The safety-engineered system is also designed to reduce needlestick injury by using passive needle-shielding technology that does not compromise the insertion techniques.
An important feature incorporated into the BD Nexiva Closed IV Catheter System is the BD Q-Syte Luer Access Split Septum, which offers a straight and unobstructed fluid path, high flow rates, clear visibility and ease of disinfection. A split septum needle access system has 64-70% lower CRBSI rates than mechanical halves and by eliminating the complexities of mechanical valves, the split-septum device helps to reduce the number of places where bacteria can thrive.