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BD Medical’s Safety IV Catheter receives red dot recognition

BD Medical - Medical Surgical Systems : 27 March, 2008  (Company News)
BD Medical’s BD Venflon Pro Safety IV Catheter has been awarded a ‘red dot: best of the best’ product design award in the international design competition, that included more than 3,203 submissions from 51 countries, sponsored by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany.
The red dot design award honours outstanding design quality and trendsetters from a variety of industries and product areas. An international jury selects the award-winners for highest design quality following a detailed assessment of criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, longevity, ecological compatibility and clarity of function.

The BD Venflon Pro Safety IV Catheter is designed to help protect healthcare workers from needlestick injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. It also includes a feature that helps guard against blood splatters that can occur during the IV cannulation process.

'This unique combination of features in the BD Venflon Pro Safety Catheter is an example of BD's commitment to further improve healthcare worker safety through the development of innovative, safety-engineered devices,' said John Ledek, vice president, BD Medical - Medical Surgical Systems.'

Occupational exposure to potentially fatal bloodborne pathogens is a major concern for healthcare workers around the world. An estimated one million accidental needlesticks occur every year in healthcare institutions across Europe, potentially leading to exposure to diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. Blood splatter is an additional, yet often unrecognised, source of blood exposure.

The BD Venflon Pro Safety Catheter represents the next generation of safety catheters and is the latest addition to BD's wide range of safety-engineered products. BD pioneered the development of safety-engineered medical devices and has been at the forefront of this field for nearly two decades. BD's range of safety products includes hundreds of catalogue items for injection, infusion therapy, sample collection, surgery and sharps disposal.
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