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Robbin George
First Anti microbial IV connector
The February issue of Infection Control Today features a full page ad for Baxter's V-Link Luer Activated Device with VitalShield Protective Coating/Kills common pathogens known to cause CR-BSIs--In a previous thread it's clear that many out there are searching for the "best" valve--Anyone with knowledge of this product willing to share their impression?  
Mari Cordes, BS RN  Nurse
Mari Cordes, BS RN 
Nurse Educator IV Therapy
Fletcher Allen Health Care
I spoke with our Baxter rep about it Thursday and are considering adding a trial, but I'm very hesitant.  I love that we at last have some data with the Ryder et al study, and we don't have data about this connector yet.  There is data about silver as an antimicrobial, but not about the device in use yet.
Also, we're looking to simplify by removing the variable of a different flushing technique (which we'd need with the V-Link) and are strongly considering a neutral displacement connector that had low bacterial transfer rates in the Ryder study.
We currently have 7 different needleless connectors in our inpatient and outpatient facilities, and they have been a major focus of our Central Line Quality Initiative.  We'd like to send patients home with one easy to use device that is saline free and has demonstrated lower risk for bacterial transfer and occlusion.  
Another question I forgot to ask the Baxter rep:  Is V-Link FDA approved for power injection? 

Mari Cordes, BS RNIII VA-BC
Vascular Access Department
University of Vermont Medical Center

T. Nauman RN, CRNI  IV

T. Nauman RN, CRNI  IV Educator SHMC Eugene, OR


Has anyone heard anything new on the V-Link, read any studies or trialed these?  The Baxter rep gave us a brochure last week.  Our main concern right now is that they don't have a positive displacement valve.

T. Nauman RN, CRNI

The V Link is the ClearLink

The V Link is the ClearLink device that is impregnated with silver. To my knowledge, there are no studies about its use that are available yet. Lynn 


Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

Michael Hunt
It's not "impregnated."
It's not "impregnated."
Shawn H.
Chris, According to the


According to the 510K, the V-Link is identical to Baxter's Clearlink.  It is my understanding that the only difference is that it now has antimicrobial incorporated into the connector.

Couple of things about the Clearlink.  It is a negative displacement connector with a pretty large negative displacement amount.  You can do a demo to see this.  Put the Clearlink on any peripheral extension set.  Attach a flush syringe to the connector & prime the line until the fluid is at the end of the line.  As you're removing the flush syringe from the connector, look at the fluid level at the tip of the IV set and observe how far the fluid level moves back in the iv set.  The empty space left in the iv ext. set from the fluid moving up the line depicts how much blood will have refluxed into the line.


Kathy Kokotis Bard Access

Kathy Kokotis

Bard Access Systems

If I an not mistaken this design comes out of Spain.  I believe it does have one clinical study on this design done 7 years ago.  I will look it up and cite the reference.



Kathy Kokotis

Bard Access Systems

ICU Medical also has an

ICU Medical also has an antimicrobial MicroClave coming out int he next few weeks. I have not taken the time to do much research about it, just waiting for it to hit the market. 

Nancy L. Moureau, BSN, CRNI

PICC Excellence, Inc

Nancy L. Moureau, PhD, RN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC
PICC Excellence, Inc.
[email protected]

Have used this valve in

Have used this valve in North Carolina and it may be appropriate for PIV but the reflux is huge and for this reason not using on CVCs. 


Stephen Harris RN, CRNI


Stephen Harris RN, CRNI, VA-BC
Chief Clinical Officer
Carolina Vascular Wellness

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