Bio-Safety

TEGO® NEEDLEFREE CONNECTOR

  • Closed System Improves Outcomes by Helping Reduce CRBSIs
  • Unique High and Safe Flow
  • Validated for Continuous Patient use for up to Seven Days
  • Incompatible with use of Needles
TEGO® Needlefree Connector

Designed to protect your patients’ catheters from contamination and increased risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections during hemodialysis and apheresis applications.

 

Patented needlefree technology that provides a safe and effective microbial barrier for hemodialysis and apheresis application.  The Tego® needlefree connector allows for significantly less catheter hub manipulation and minimizes the risk of catheter contamination and catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). Reducing CRBSIs can reduce complications for your patients and costly scheduling disruptions for your clinic. 

 

Functional Attributes

  • Straight fluid path accommodates flow rates of greater than 600 mL/min.
  • Remains in place during the entire hemodialysis or apheresis treatment period.
  • Validated for continuous patient use for up to seven days.
  • Silicone seal remains closed when not activated, closing the fluid path and eliminating blood exposure.

 

Clinical Advantages

  • The Tego® connector creates a mechanically and microbiologically closed system when attached to the hub of a catheter, eliminating open catheter hubs and lowering the chance of contamination and infection.
  • Tego®'s saline flush option allows you to reduce risks and costs associated with heparin use.

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

Accessing the Fluid Path:

  1. When Tego® is not being accessed, the silicone seal forms a safe, swabbable barrier to bacterial ingress.
  1. Attaching Tego® to a dialysis blood line activates the straight internal fluid path and creates a mechanically and microbiologically closed system.

 

 

PRESENTATION

Catalog Number Description
D1000 TEGO® connector is a mechanically and microbiologically closed connector for Hemodialysis catheter connections. Studies have demonstrated that the TEGO can remain in place for up to 7 days. Low dead space, internal fluid flow path, male and female luer connectors Flow rate: 600 mL/ min. 100/case.

 

 

 

Distributed by Victus, Inc.

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

Dead Space 0.06 cc
Flow Path Internal
Activation System Mechanical valve
Maximum Flow 600 cc / min
Functional Activations 28 (4 per day for seven (7) days)
Fluid Displacement Neutral (do not allow blood entry into the catheter during disconnection)

 

DIRECTIONS OF USE:

Attach Tego® to Patient's Catheter

  • Use aseptic technique to remove from package.
  • Attach male luer of Tego to dialysis catheter.

Swab the Tego® Before Each Access

Swab the Tego® thoroughly around the sides and top before each access.

Access the Tego® with Syringe or Blood Lines

  • Do not use needles to access the Tego®.
  • Access of the Tego® either through a syringe, blood line, or vacutainer should be straight on, not at an angle.
  • Do not over tighten your luers (syringes, blood lines) when connecting to the Tego®.
  • Be sure not to continue to turn after you feel the luer stop.
  • When using a luer slip vacutainer, only insert half-way with a slight turn clockwise into the Tego® and then turn clockwise to come out.

Flush the Tego® with Normal Saline

When giving the post 10 mL saline lock through the Tego®, leave a minimal amount of fluid in the tip of the syringe, as not to bottom out the syringe and cause reflux or a rebound effect.

Be sure to grasp the base of the Tego® and fully unthread your luers when disconnecting from the Tego®.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

How do I clean TEGO®?
TEGO® cleaning should be performed using disinfectants determined by the individual protocol of each hospital. We recommend the use of isopropyl alcohol, if a given disinfection protocol has not been determined.

 

Do we need to flush the TEGO® after a hemodialysis procedure?
Always follow the hospital's protocol. It is recommended TEGO® be flushed with saline solution after each procedure.

 

Is TEGO® efficiently flushed after an infusion of blood?
Flushing with saline solution after the extraction or infusion of blood is highly effective in TEGO®.

 

Do I need to heparinize the lines after performing a hemodialysis through TEGO®?
If the hospital's protocol dictates it, the lines should be heparinized. However, there are reservations regarding the use of heparin and complications derived from this practice. TEGO® is a neutral displacement connector, which implies that there will be no entry of blood into the catheter once it is disconnected. According to its instructions for use, flushing with saline solution will be sufficient to keep the lines open and the catheter without occlusion.

 

Should I remove TEGO® after each procedure?
No, TEGO® can remain connected to the lines before, during and after hemodialysis. TEGO® should be changed every 7 days.

 

Does TEGO® allow enough flowrate?
Most hemodialysis machines operate with flowrates from 250 and 350 mL/min. TEGO® has been designed to maintain, without obstruction, a flowrate of 600 mL/min, and in laboratory tests, it has been proven to be capable of handling a flowrate of 650 mL/min.

  • The Benefits of a Saline Flushing Protocol when using the Tego® Needlefree Hemodialysis Connector 
  • A Continuous Quality Improvement Project to Decrease Hemodialysis Catheter Infections in Pediatric Patients: Use of a Closed Luer-Lock Access Cap
  • Microbial Challenge and Disinfection Study for the Tego® Needlefree Hemodialysis ConnectorIrvine Analytical Laboratories, Irvine, California USA
  • Advancements in Hemodialysis Technology: Decreasing Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) rates, improving patient outcomes, and reducing costs associated with catheter care
  • Tego® Needlefree Hemodialysis Connectors Reduce Heparin Use Without Affecting Blood Flow Rate Compared to Traditional Central Venous Catheter Locks. Krishnan M., Mayne T., Farthing C., Collard S., Nissenson A. Presented at the American Society of Nephrology Meeting, November 2011
  • Use of Tego® Connectors to Prevent Hemodialysis Catheter Infections in Children. Nancy McAfee RN, MN, CNN, Kristy Seidel, M.S., Sandra Watkins MD, Joseph Flynn MD. Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle WA

TEGO® Needlefree Connector