SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2013) - Ivera Medical Corporation, a leading medical device innovator, announced that it has been selected by HealthTrust as a provider of disinfecting caps for I.V. needleless connectors.
The agreement, effective February 2, 2013, will give HealthTrust member facilities -- 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory and alternate care sites -- access to efficacious passive disinfection technology designed to act against the organisms associated with catheter-related bloodstream infections.
The Curos® Port Protector from Ivera is a passive disinfection cap which disinfects and then guards luer activated swabbable valves against contamination between venous accesses. Inside the cap, a 70% IPA (isopropyl alcohol) saturated sponge continually bathes the port to kill the organisms associated with catheter-related bloodstream infections. Effective use requires only that caregivers peel off a foil seal and twist the cap onto any needleless connector. The vibrant green cap assures high visibility compliance with hospital infection control protocols while its design minimizes potential alcohol spillage and packaging waste.
"Ivera is very pleased to have been chosen for this contract award. HealthTrust and Ivera share patient safety values by providing innovative solutions designed to address a common source of patient bloodstream infections and contaminated blood cultures and in doing so reducing overall healthcare costs," said Bob Rogers, chief executive officer of Ivera.
About Ivera Medical
Ivera Medical Corporation is focused on the design, development, manufacture, marketing and sale of products that help healthcare providers reduce hospital-acquired blood infections. Curos, manufactured in Carlsbad, Calif., is the first disinfecting cap to be marketed in the U.S. and has received FDA's 510(k) market clearance. For more information about Curos and Ivera Medical, visit the website at www.curos.com.
HealthTrust (www.healthtrustpg.com) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total cost management solutions, including supply chain solutions and a contract and service portfolio unparalleled in quality, scope and value. Members include 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities and 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and alternate care sites. Headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., HealthTrust is closely integrated with the provider-proven capabilities of Parallon Business Solutions (www.parallon.net) which include workforce management solutions, revenue cycle and business process expertise and technology solutions.