CDC Guideline 2011 ; Recommends Using Transparent Needle Free Valves

Needle stick injuries and related infections are stil one of the most important occupational risk of healthcare professionals.

Most important risks are hepatitis B, C and HIV. In 1992 American occupational health and safety laws couldn’t ignore it more and made it mandatory to use a bundle of products, which includes needle free valves in 1992 to protect the medical personnel.

With this law in US approximately 1 million needle stick injuries per year started to decrease.

Needle free valves that increase healthcare workers safety also reduced patient’s infection risk. Advantages of valves provided towards patients are mainly about valves structure.

That’s why with the clinical studies needle free valves improved and become how we know today.

According to the widely accepted opinion of today, needle free valves have to have a visible fluid pathway to not become harmful to the patient. CDC Guidelines 2011 recommend visible fluid pathway and states that is the only way to ensure flushibility of the valve. Bacteria will grow, produce a biofilm and infect the patient if there is blood, lipid, glucose, etc. present inside the valve.

With the demand of clinicians, almost all the valves today started to be produced visible and transparent.  In addition a laminar fluid way, least amount of pieces and a basic design are important physical attributes for valves not to become infection sources.

Accepting “Simple is Better” in infusion devices is beneficial for both parties.