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Closed Blood Collection Systems in the ICU Improving Patient Outcomes

The standard procedure for blood sample collection is widely employed in diverse medical applications, serving as a cornerstone in diagnostic practices. This crucial method facilitates the identification and monitoring of diseases. It plays a vital role in examining the effectiveness of prescribed medications while providing insights into overall patient well-being.

However, this conventional method comes with inherent risks. Inaccurate blood sample collection can result in erroneous test results compromising patient care or leading to severe complications, such as sample cross-contamination.

Therefore, implementing a reliable system, such as the closed blood collection system, is paramount for ensuring the best possible patient outcomes, especially for those in Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

This blog post explains the concept of closed blood collection systems, shedding light on their significance in enhancing the well-being of ICU patients.

What is a Closed Blood Collection System?

A closed blood collection system allows blood samples to be collected directly into a sterile tube, preventing them from coming into contact with the environment. This ensures the phlebotomist’s safety and maintains the blood sample’s integrity.

How Can Closed Blood Collection Systems Improve Patient Well-being?

Closed sample blood collection systems reduce the risks associated with blood exposure and cross-contamination. Here’s why these systems are especially recommended for ensuring the care of ICU patients:

1. Help Collect Multiple Samples in a Single Prick

These sets allow for the attachment and removal of numerous vacuum tubes, making it easier to collect multiple samples from single needle insertion.

2. Prevent Blood Loss

These collection sets have a flexible rubber fitting over the cannula that seals the needle and prevents blood from draining.

3. Flexibility of Use

These collection sets are made with plastic or glass components depending upon the chemical used. These are lightweight, portable, and non-friable, ensuring the safety of healthcare professionals.

4. Eliminate the Risk of Transmission

Since these sets are equipped with safety protection tops and are entirely sealed, there is no possibility of cross-contamination.

5. Equipped with a Bi-Cap

The Bi-Cap features an outer PE moulding cap and an inner promo butyl rubber cap. These rubbers are carefully calibrated to prevent fragmentation, protect the analyser needle, maintain vacuum seal integrity and ensure air-tight connection with the needle during blood collection.

Best Way to Sterilise Blood Collection Tubes

Gamma radiation is the optimal way to sterilise blood collection tubes. It uses Cobalt 60 radiation to eliminate microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, and viruses while retaining tube characteristics. Deep penetration allows precise dose delivery, even in dense areas within products. This method enhances production and distribution by sterilising products in their final packaging. Aseptic methods, such as steam or ethylene oxide (EO) sterilisation, may pose risks to vacutainers. Steam sterilisation is effective in eliminating microorganisms, but it can harm heat-sensitive materials and cause metal corrosion. Similarly, EO sterilisation, which is suitable for heat-sensitive items, requires careful handling due to its flammability and associated health risks for workers. Furthermore, it requires a lengthy aeration process to eliminate residual gas, which delays equipment access.

HMD Presents Vaku 8 Blood Collection Set

Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices (HMD) introduces its high-quality Vaku-8 blood collection set. It is designed to streamline the process of blood collection during a venipuncture procedure. This closed blood collection tube and test set mitigates the risk of blood exposure for phlebotomists while ensuring the integrity of the blood sample from the time of collection to lab testing.

We also provide Vaku-8 blood collection tubes in various sizes ranging from 2ml to 10ml. Lastly, its ergonomic design featuring flexible wings ensures efficiency for healthcare professionals while minimising patient discomfort.

To learn more about closed blood collection systems, visit the HMD website today!

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