Implementation of a Customized Needleless Intravenous Delivery System

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Occupational exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis, and other bloodborne pathogens concerns all health care workers, especially those in high-risk clinical settings such as the emergency room, operating room, intravenous therapy department, etc. In response to the increased attention to needlestick injuries in the workplace, hospitals are adopting a more proactive approach to establishing precautions to eliminate this occupational hazard. Many technologies to address the situation are available today, but most offer only a partial solution. The need for a comprehensive needleless IV delivery system recently sparked a collaboration between the IV therapy coordinator and a manufacturer's representative (Abbott Laboratories) that resulted in a new product design that was recently implemented housewide at our two hospitals.

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