Bio-Safety

MICROCLAVE® CLEAR NEEDLEFREE NEUTRAL DISPLACEMENT CONNECTOR

  • Effectively Clears Blood and Blood Residual with Low Flush Volumes
  • Does Not Require a Change in Clinical Practice or Techniques
  • Saline Flush Option can Eliminate the use of Heparin
  • Minimal Blood Reflux in the Distal Catheter Tip
MicroClave® Clear Needlefree Neutral Displacement Connector

MicroClave® is a clear housing, needlefree device with neutral displacement straight fluid path design, split-septum and minimal dead space that will help protect your patients and clinical staff by providing a safe and effective microbial barrier and will also help visualize connector flushing.

 

The MicroClave® Clear is the only neutral displacement connector that combines market-leading Clave® technology with a clear housing that lets you visualize the fluid path, so you can clearly see whether you have completely flushed the connector after blood draws or administration.

The design of your needlefree intravenous (I.V.) connectors plays a substantial role in your ability to limit hospital-acquired bloodstream infections (HA-BSI). Not only does the MicroClave® Clear provide enhanced patient safety through innovative technology, but it has also been proven to provide an effective microbial barrier against bacteria transfer and contamination.

 

Additional Features:

The MicroClave® Clear can be used on all peripheral, arterial, and central venous catheters for the administration of IV fluids or medications, and can be used with blood products.

Does not require a change in clinical practice or technique and may help you address recent concerns raised by the FDA regarding the safety of positive displacement connectors.

 

HOW IT WORKS
Unique features of the MicroClave® Clear that may help reduce the risk of bacterial contamination:
  • Split-septum is noted in the CDC guidelines as a preferred design feature for connectors.
  • Straight fluid path allows for clearing of blood and blood residual with low flush volumes.
  • Minimal dead space (also referred to as residual volume) of 0.04 mL allows for lower flush volumes.
  • Clear housing permits visual confirmation of flush after use with medications or blood.
  • Allows a saline flush option, which can eliminate the risk of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT).
  • Clamping sequence not required, reducing educational burden and risk of error.
  • Approved for use with power injectors.
  • Allows you to effectively clear blood from the connector with as little as a 2.5 mL saline flush.

 

Accessing the Fluid Path

  1. When MicroClave® Clear is not being accessed, the silicone seal forms a safe, swabbable barrier to bacterial ingress.
  2. Upon luer access, the silicone seal is depressed and the fluid path windows are exposed through the device's split septum.
  3. Fluid is either infused or aspirated through the connector and catheter via the dedicated straight internal fluid path.
 

 

PRESENTATION

Catalog Number Description
011-MC100 MicroClave® Clear Neutral Displacement I.V. Connector swabable seal surface, flow rate 165 mL/min, dead space 0.04 mL, backpressure +45 psig. DEHP and latex free. 100/case
011-MC3333 9” (23 cm) Smallbore extension set with MicroClave® Clear, clamp, rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC33354 5" (13 cm) Smallbore extension set with MicroClave® Clear, clamp, Luer Slip. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC3381 7" (18 cm) Smallbore extension set 7" (18 cm) with MicroClave® Clear, clamp, Luer Slip. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC33001 7" (18 cm) Smallbore extension set with MicroClave® Clear, purple clamp, rotating luer, DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC33031 80" (204 cm) Smallbore extension set with MicroClave® Clear and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC33054 9" (23 cm) Smallbore extension set with MicroClave® Clear, clamp and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC3348 7" (18 cm) Smallbore extension set with MicroClave® Clear and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC3312 8" (20.2 cm) Bifuse standardbore extension set with MicroClave® Clear, 2 clamps and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC3316 6" (15.2 cm) Bifurcated smallbore extension set with 2 MicroClave® Clear connectors, 3 clamps and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC3322 6" (15.2 cm) Bifurcated smallbore extension set with 2 MicroClave® Clear connectors, 2 clamps and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC33357 4" (10.1 cm) Trifurcated smallbore extension with 3 MicroClave® Clear connectors, 3 clamps and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC3323 6" (15.2 cm) Trifurcated smallbore extension with 3 MicroClave® Clear connectors, 4 Clamps and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC33040 6" (15.2 cm) Trifurcated smallbore extension with 3 MicroClave® Clear connectors color code, 4 Clamps y rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case
011-MC33048 9" (23 cm) Quadfurcated smallbore extension set with 4 MicroClave® Clear connectors, 4 Clamps and rotating luer. DEHP and latex free. 50/case

Distributed by Victus, Inc.

All technical information obtained from the manufacturer’s website and technical sheets.

Residual Volume 0.04 mL
Flow Rate at Gravity 165 mL /minute
Functional Activations 600
Blood Compatibility Yes
MRI Compatibility Yes
High Pressure Compatibility 10 mL/second

DRUG COMPATIBILITY

Alcohol Yes
Lipids Yes
Chlorhexidine Yes
Chemotherapy Yes

DIRECTIONS OF USE:

Disinfect to Protect

  • When placing a new MicroClave® Clear on a catheter, disinfect the catheter hub and prime the MicroClave® Clear.
  • Before accessing a MicroClave® Clear, always disinfect the injection site with the approved antiseptic per facility protocol.
  • Scrub the injection site in accordance with facility protocol for appropriate scrubbing and dry times.

Administer or Aspirate

  • Attach IV tubing, syringe or blood tube holder to MicroClave® Clear by inserting the luer and twisting ¼ turn, or until a friction fit is achieved.
  • Do not over-tighten a luer beyond the friction fit as this may damage both the luer and the MicroClave® Clear.
  • To disconnect, grasp MicroClave® Clear and then twist the mating luer away from MicroClave® Clear until loose. Do not hold catheter hub during disconnect as this may cause accidental removal of MicroClave® Clear from hub.

Flush After Each Use

  • Flush the MicroClave® Clear with normal saline or in accordance with facility protocol. After blood use, the MicroClave® Clear can be flushed clean and does not require change-out.
  • Use routine flushing in accordance with facility protocol in order to maintain catheter patency.
  • Change MicroClave® Clear in accordance with facility protocol and CDC guidelines.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Can needles be used with MicroClave® Clear?

MicroClave® Clear is the only system that is totally incompatible with the use of needles and caps. It’s a better system since it succeeds in reducing the risk of accidental inoculation by preventing the use of needles. The MicroClave® Clear can only be activated with a male luer, NEVER with a needle.

 

What happens if I use a needle with MicroClave® Clear?

The needle will pierce the silicone seal and a leak will occur.

 

What if this situation occurs?

The only solution is to change the MicroClave® Clear.

 

Can we use the MicroClave® Clear with all Luer connectors?

Yes, provided that the connectors are ISO Luer Lock or ISO luer Slip (99% of the connectors on the market are of this type). It connects to all female luer connectors (lines, catheters, valves, extensions, etc.).

 

There is a space between the VALOX body and the Silicone seal. Isn't this a source of contamination?

This space provides for compression of the silicone seal. This space NEVER comes into contact with the flow or the patient's vascular system. Only the inside of the male luer touches the outside of the spike.

 

When should I change the MicroClave® Clear?

The MicroClave® Clear should be changed according to each institution's protocols. In bacteriological studies, the MicroClave® Clear has been shown to stay sealed for up to 7 days in arterial as well as venous lines. The MicroClave® Clear has shown to maintain its seal for 144 activations in 144 hours.

 

Can I use a cap with the MicroClave® Clear?

The MicroClave® Clear does not require caps. In addition, a cap can rupture the polycarbonate spike. The silicone seal withstands more than 3000 mmHg of pressure and acts as a bacterial barrier (after being disinfected). The MicroClave®® Clear is impermeable to air and water and a cap can keep it open.

 

What can I use to clean the MicroClave® Clear?

The MicroClave® Clear has been proven to be totally compatible with povidone-iodine, isopropyl alcohol, Betadine, and chlorhexidine.

 

Do we need to flush the MicroClave®® Clear after an extraction or an infusion?

Always follow the hospital's protocol. It is highly recommended that the MicroClave® Clear be flushed after an infusion or an extraction.

 

Is the MicroClave® Clear effectively flushed after a blood infusion?

Flushing with saline solution after the extraction or infusion of blood is highly effective in the MicroClave® Clear.

 

  • Breznock E M, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Sylvia C J, DVM, MS., BioSurg, Inc. The in vivo evaluation of the flushing efficiency of different designs of clear needlefree connectors, March 2011. 
  • Jarvis W., MD. Choosing the Best Design for Intravenous Needleless Connectors to Prevent Bloodstream Infections. Infection Control Today, August 2010
  • Ryder M, RN, PhD. Bacterial transfer through needlefree connectors: Comparison of nin different devices. Poster presented at the Annual Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) conference 2007, Abstract 412.
  • Moore C, RN, MBA, CIC. Maintained Low Rate of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (CR-BSIs) After Discontinuation of a Luer Access Device (LAD) At an Academic Medical Center. Poster presented at the annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference 2010, Abstract 4-028.
  • FDA Medical Device Safety Alert, July 28, 2010: Letter to Infection Control Practitioners Regarding Positive Displacement Needleless Connectors 
  • Guideline for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections, Final Issue Review, May 17, 2010 
  • Data on file at ICU Medical. Low Volume Flush Characteristics of Unique Needlefree Connectors M1-1223 Rev. 1. 

Publications

  • A needleless closed system device (Clave®) protects from intravascular catheter tip and hub colonization: a prospective randomized study Bouza E, Munoz P, Lopez-Rodriguez J, Jesus Perez M, Rincon C, et al. J Hosp Infect. 2003; 54:279–287
  • Efficacy of three different valve systems of needlefree closed connectors in avoiding access of microorganisms to endovascular catheters after incorrect handling J. Yébenes, M. Delgado, G. Sauca, M. Serra-Prat, M. Solsona, J. Almirall, et al.Crit Care Med 2008;36: 2558–2561

Clinical Reports

  • Comparison of Bacterial Transfer and Biofilm Formation on Intraluminal Catheter Surfaces Among Eight Connectors in a Clinically Simulated in vitro Model Ryder M, Pulcini E, Parker A, James G. Presented at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Nutrition Week, February 2013
  • Differences in bacterial transfer and fluid path colonization through needlefree connector-catheter systems in vitro Ryder M, James G, Pulchini E, Bickle L, Parker A. Presented at the Infusion Nursing Society Meeting, May 2011
  • Significantly decreased rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) after discontinuation of a luer access device (LAD) at an academic medical center C. Moore, R. Landreth, C. Maschmeier, K. Snyder, G. Priestly, S. Elliott. From posters presented at the 2009 SHEA and 2010 APIC Annual Meetings and Facing the Challenge of CR-BSIs. Managing Infection Control; November, 2009
  • Maintained low rate of catheter related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) after discontinuation of a luer access device (LAD) at an academic medical center C. Moore, R. Landreth, C. Maschmeier, K. Snyder, G. Priestly, et al. From a poster presented at the 2010 APIC annual meeting
  • The in vivo evaluation of the flushing efficiency of different designs of clear needlefree connectors Eugene M. Breznock, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Charles J. Sylvia, Jr., DVM, MS., BioSurg, Inc., March 2011
  • Bacterial transfer through needlefree connectors: comparison of nine different devices Ryder M, Fisher S, Hamilton G, Hamilton M, James G. Presented at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Annual Scientific Meeting, April 2007
  • Evaluation of the Clave Technology and Resistance to Microbial Ingress 2008

MicroClave® Clear Needlefree Neutral Displacement Connector