Technology | October 04, 2006

Catheter Protection Device Defends Patient from Infection

The Tego Connector is a catheter protection device designed specifi- cally for use in hemodialysis treatments. The device protects the catheter from contamination during hemodialysis sessions, preventing bloodstream infections for patients and helping prevent revenue losses for dialysis clinics.
The needle-free product is designed to protect and defend the patient from bloodstream infection, enabling dialysis clinics to provide a safer way to provide hemodialysis therapy and giving patients an added level of comfort as they are faced with a very demanding and draining medical treatment.
The device creates a mechanically and microbiologically closed system when attached to the hub of the catheter. This closed system eliminates any manipulation of the catheter hub while attaching or removing blood lines, which helps prevent contamination and bloodstream infections for the patient.
Last year, more than $40 million was spent on reimbursement for the treatment of bloodstream infections in dialysis patients. However, when dialysis patients get a bloodstream infection, they have to go to the hospital, requiring them to miss their regularly scheduled dialysis treatment. This results in lost revenues at dialysis treatment centers — the Tego is designed to address this issue.

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