ICU Medical (San Clemente, CA) has launched the Neutron needlefree catheter patency device with constant neutral pressure, an IV catheter connector that prevents reflux of blood and thereby maintaining catheter patency and preventing other complications such as biofilm formation. The FDA cleared device prevents reflux during situations such as IV bag run-dry, infusion pump stop or patient vascular pressure changes caused by coughing, sneezing or movement.
A silicone seal forms a barrier when the line is not being used. During access, the seal is depressed and the fluid path windows are exposed through the device’s split-septum. The company is so sure of the efficacy of the device that it offers a $100,000 payback to healthcare facilities that do not achieve a reduction in catheter occlusion rates in the first three months after converting all central IV lines to the Neutron, although you will have to share results with ICU Medical about successful implementations too to be eligible.