Baxter launches device to help prevent hazardous drug exposure

The Arisure Closed System Transfer device helps to ensure safer drug preparation, transportation, administration and disposal

Baxter International, a provider of technology for medication delivery, has agreed a distribution deal for the US launch of the Arisure Closed System Transfer device, which consists of several components that work together to help prevent contaminants from entering the intravenous (IV) medication delivery system and the escape of hazardous substances out of the system during drug preparation and administration.

“The device helps address multiple concerns of both healthcare professionals and patients, helping ensure safer drug preparation, transportation, administration and disposal, and helping reduce the risk of accidental exposure or contamination”

It is designed to be easy to use with an emphasis on safety and includes:

  • a closed vial adapter that helps provide closed access to liquid or powder vials for reconstitution;
  • an intravenous dry spike that helps provide closed access to an IV bag for addition and removal of a drug or solution;
  • and a closed male Luer valve that helps provide closed transfer of a diluent or drug from a standard male Luer tip in a syringe or administration set.

The Arisure Closed Male Luer locks with a simple Luer lock motion on a syringe or administration set, helping reduce the exposure of healthcare professionals to sharp needles. In addition, the components are compatible with Baxter’s ONE-LINK Needle-free IV Connector and CLEARLINK Luer Activated Valve to help create a mechanically and microbiologically closed system.

Scott Luce, general manager, US Hospital Products, Baxter, said the device “helps address multiple concerns of both healthcare professionals and patients, helping ensure safer drug preparation, transportation, administration and disposal, and helping reduce the risk of accidental exposure or contamination.” He added: “In addition, this technology will help hospitals comply with professional standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs.”

Currently, in the US, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends closed-system drug transfer devices, and the US Pharmacopeia (USP) is expected to introduce USP General Chapter <800>, detailing its standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs, in December 2019.

The Arisure Closed System Transfer device is the latest addition to Baxter’s broad portfolio of products designed to help enhance the safe delivery of medication across the patient continuum of care, from the pharmacy to the bedside.

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