Zero Fluid Displacement Connector Reduces Bloodstream Infections in Hospitals

Georgia Regents University researchers have found that replacing the connector in the IV system in patients with central lines can help reduce deadly bloodstream infections. A central line is a tube placed in a patient's arm or chest to help deliver fluids, blood, or medications through the large veins near the heart. A connector sits at the top of the IV and serves as the entry point for the fluid pathway inside – any fluid that goes in or comes out of the body, goes through the connector. Most connectors use positive or negative pressure – either pushing fluid out or drawing blood in – when catheters are disconnected for cleaning. It is during that process that germs find their way into the bloodstream causing an often dangerous blood infection. In this video, Cynthia Chernecky, Ph.D, RN, discusses how a zero fluid displacement connector can help reduce deadly bloodstream infections in hospitals.