ICU Medical is set to release the MicroCLAVE Clear Neutral Displacement Needlefree Connector, which allows clinicians to visualize the fluid path, verifying effective flushing of the patient catheter after use with blood and medications that could leave residual or fluid precipitates after aspiration or infusion.

The connector’s MicroCLAVE design clears blood and blood residual with flush volumes as low as 2.0 mL, while the connector’s clear housing allows for visualization of the internal fluid path upon flushing the connector.

According to a recent study, which compared the flushing efficiency of different designs of clear needlefree connectors, MicroCLAVE Clear was free of blood residual after an average of 2.5mL saline flush, with 60% of the connectors flushing clear with only a 2 mL flush.

By contrast, 100% of the CareFusion MaxPlus connectors tested showed residual blood after a 10mL saline flush, as did 40% of the Baxter ClearLink connectors.