The battle to reduce hospital infection rates continues with the effort now including newly designed medical devices as well as stronger and more widely used antimicrobial agents.
One interesting example is a method of disinfecting IV tubing end connectors that was granted a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Notice of Allowance for a patent application earlier this month.
Catheter Connections (Salt Lake City, UT) is now selling a product called DualCap that is based on that invention. It's described as the only FDA-cleared device for disinfection and protection of both the IV catheter needleless luer access valve and the IV tubing end connector.
According to the patent application, the sealing member can be formed from silicone, polypropylene, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or rigid or semi-rigid thermoset plastic. The company declined to identify the specific material it is using in the DualCap....