Ivera Medical, the San Diego-based creator of the Curos Disinfecting Port Protector, announced Thursday that it has received 510(k) clearance to market Curos tips.
Curos tips offer disinfection of male luer connectors used in the administration of intravenous (IV) medication therapy for patients. Just as the original Curos cap, manufactured in Carlsbad, uses 70 percent isopropyl alcohol to passively disinfect and protect needleless IV connectors, the new patent-pending Curos tips may be used with male luer connections on intravenous access devices including IV tubing and syringes.
Touch or contact contamination of the male luer end of an IV set or syringe may lead to the introduction of bacterial organisms that may increase the patient's risk of infection.
When Curos tips are placed on male luers, tips passively bathe the connector's surface with alcohol and, in three minutes, disinfect the device, killing those bacterial organisms. Thereafter, Curos tips act to cover and protect the male luer.