LifeShield™ Neutron™ Catheter Patency Device
It’s Time to Stop Blood Reflux from Complicating IV Therapy
With over 250,000 catheter-related bloodstream infections occurring annually1, the LifeShield™ Neutron™ needle-free catheter patency device helps reduce the opportunity for infection. This innovative device helps to improve the patient experience by minimizing the risk of occlusions and the costs associated with resolving them, including:
- Delays in therapy with critical IV medications2
- Discomfort caused by corrective steps necessary to restore catheter patency3,4
- Risks associated with use of declotting agents such as tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA)5,6
- Flushing of the line, which could release part of a thrombus into the bloodstream7,8
- The need for heparin (hep lock) in flush and lock solutions9
The LifeShield Neutron’s unique design helps protect against the risk of infection.
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13. Data on file, Hospira, Inc. Keeping the lines open with evidence-based practice and advanced technologies, Schallom L. 2008