The FDA has given 510(k) clearance for Tangent Medical‘s (Ann Arbor, MI) NovaCath Secure IV Catheter System. Tangent developed the NovaCath to improve stability during peripheral IV catheterization and reduce the chance of clinicians being exposed to patient blood.
As the demo video below shows, the new device should help prevent dislocations and improve patient comfort.
From the announcement:
The NovaCath™ Secure IV Catheter System integrates a series of next-generation technologies designed to address IV therapy challenges including catheter stabilization, healthcare worker safety, tubing management and patient comfort. NovaCath is the only peripheral IV catheter with advanced catheter stabilization designed to exceed the highest CDC, OSHA and INS standards for IV catheter stabilization. Its passive needle shielding technology and closed system design minimizes risk of needlestick injuries and occupational exposure to blood to the lowest feasible extent.
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