A high flow needle free valve, designed to reduce infection, handling and open catheter hubs.
Normally, double lumen catheters are opened/closed up to 12 times per week. Two lumens before dialysis, two lumens after dialysis, three times per week. Each opening of the catheter lumen is a risk for catheter related bacteremia, by microbes entering the open catheter lumen. Citra-Valve is exchanged once a week, resulting in opening the catheter only 2 times weekly, which is a reduction of 6x openings of the catheter lumen per week. It reduces the risk of catheter related bacteremia, and it reduces handling by nurses. Citra-Valve is disinfected before connection to any luer-lock device (catheters, canules, infusion needles). All disinfection agents can be used.
- Straight fluid path accommodates flow rates of greater than 500 mL/min
- Remains in place during the entire haemodialysis treatment period
- Validated for continuous patient use for up to seven days
- Silicone seal remains closed when activated, closing the fluid path and eliminating blood exposure
With the use of Citra-Valve, closing the catheter clamp (2 on a double lumen catheter), is not necessary anymore as it prevents blood outflow or air inflow.