St Paul Medical gets 510(k) for needleless intraveneous (IV) system:
This article was originally published in Clinica
St Paul Medical has received US FDA clearance to market its needleless IV system. Key-Lok uses blunt plastic cannulae in place of needles and latex-free female connector ports to reduce the chance of needlestick injuries and allergic responses. The American Journal of Infection Control estimates that there are 800,000 accidental needlestick injuries in the US every year. Some 16,000 healthcare workers are exposed to HIV and 130,000 to hepatitis B, incurring diagnosis and treatments costs of around $2,000 million.