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Needle-free IV infection risk

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A warning has been issued about the infection risks linked to all brands of needle-free intravascular connectors.

All nursing staff, particularly infection control nurses and IV specialist nurses, should
take note said the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

‘There is a risk of infection if the top/septum of the connector remains recessed within its housing,’ the agency warned.

‘Swabbing of the connector in this condition may lead to inadequate decontamination,’
it added.

The agency said that prior to accessing the device and following its use, nurses must ensure that the top or septum of the connector was in its closed or home position.

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