In the world of infusion supplies, the introduction of needle-less or needle-free valves changed the game for the safety of both patients as well as caregivers undergoing IV therapy. Unlike the Huber needle, The needle-free valve is a simple two-way valve that allows for easier control of the flow of fluids via IV without the need for the use of a needle. While there are numerous benefits to using needle-less valves in a hospital or clinic setting, here are a few of the more prominent reasons.

Needle-Free-Valve

Easy Disinfection

One of the big concerns in a hospital or healthcare setting, especially when IV therapy is involved, is disinfection of all of the materials being used. In comparison to traditional needles and other traditional IV therapy materials, needle-free valves are considerably more easy to disinfect. For instance, the surface of these valves are typically very flat and smooth, allowing one to easily swab disinfect the entire access point promoting better infection control. In addition, as the device does not actually break the patient’s skin, the potential for spreading any potential infection is greatly reduced.

Reduce Risk of Needlestick Injuries

In addition to improving patient safety by reducing the risk of infection, needle-free valves play a large role in improving caregiver safety as well. When a person is providing care to a patient with an infectious disease, it is not atypical for these patients to require IV therapy of some sort. While this may seem like it would be easy to avoid, there are anywhere from 600,000 to 1 million needlestick injuries each year. When a traditional needle is removed from the patient in order to be swapped or removed permanently, this needle now has the potential to transfer that disease if it were to accidentally stick someone else. By utilizing needleless valves, caregivers effectively reduce the potential of being stuck by a non-sterile needle by 99%.

needlde-free valve application
Needle-free Valve Application

Reduce Unnecessary Risk For Patients

In addition to the risk of infection, there are a number of other risks that can also be reduced by utilizing needle-free valves in your hospital setting. For instance, allowing for the fluids to travel on a straight, non-tortuous path greatly reduces the risk of hemolysis, or the sudden rupture or destruction of red blood cells. Another patient safety benefit to the needle-free valve design is the use of Luer locks to control the flow of the fluids. When the male Luer is removed or disconnected, this will typically prevent the backflow of fluids.

Whether you are in search of medical supplies for a hospital, clinic, university medical center, military base or other healthcare center, or other medical IV equipment speak to one of the experienced sales team members at Faith Med Supplies’ about the wide variety of needle-free valves and other infusion supplies available.

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