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Needleless Connectors….connection without infection!

Available: On Demand
Speakers: Marcia Ryder PhD MS RN

The risk of needlestick injury and bloodstream infection associated with needleless connectors is of increasing concern. Many questions still remain regarding the potential risk for infection among the various connectors. The current CDC Guideline Category II recommendation states "when needleless systems are used, the split septum valve may be preferred over a mechanical valve due to increased risk of infection with some mechanical valves". The proposed broad classification of split septum and mechanical valve imply a measure for infection risk but do these categories differentiate the critical design features that may play a role in infection risk? This presentation will examine existing and novel data that offers new perspectives on device classification and risk factors associated with the use of needleless connectors.

At the end of this presentation the clinician will be able to:

  1. Classify needleless connectors based on a device design classification model.
  2. Identify the critical factors associated with infection risks of needleless connectors.
  3. Minimize the risk of intraluminal biofilm development by selecting intervention strategies including needleless connector selection with low bacterial transfer, access site and catheter hub disinfection, and frequency of connector exchange policies.


Marcia Ryder PhD MS RNMarcia Ryder PhD MS RN

Dr. Ryder is currently an independent collaborative researcher and consultant in medical biofilm/healthcare related infections. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the use and management of vascular access devices. She has served as past-president of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), past chair of APIC's Scientific Research Council and a former member of the FDA's Central Venous Catheter Working Group. Dr. Ryder was honored as the recipient of the "2007 Educator of the Year" awarded by Infection Control Today and represented AVA on the Technical Advisory Panel of the international "Joint Commission CLABSI project". She currently chairs the AVA sponsored multi-organization Vascular Access Patient Safety Initiative (VAPSI).