Positive Displacement Needleless Connectors and Bloodstream Infections: Initial Communication
MedSun: Newsletter #52, September 2010

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert

Several peer-reviewed clinical studies report an increase in bloodstream infections following the introduction and use of positive displacement needleless connectors in healthcare facilities, as well as a reduction in infections after changing to another type of needleless connector. However, there is insufficient information to determine the magnitude of the risk of bloodstream infections with these devices as compared with other needleless connectors, or to determine whether the risk is associated with some or all positive displacement needless connectors.

Additional Information:

FDA MedWatch Safety Alert. Positive Displacement Needleless Connectors and Bloodstream Infections: Initial Communication. August 11, 2010.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm221988.htm


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