In response to industry demand for drug- and lipid-resistant products to help enhance patient safety, Israel-based Elcam Medical unveiled a new stopcock and connectors made with Eastman Tritan copolyester. The new products provide maximum durability with improved clarity. The stopcock and connectors will be on display at Medical Design & Manufacturing East (MD&M East) at Booth 1645, June 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Elcam, a leading producer of disposable medical products for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), used its expertise in intravenous therapy and fluid management to create the new specialized flow control devices. The integrated stopcock features a four-way standard stopcock with T-handle and short nut luer lock end connection. The integrated connectors feature both male and female versions. Made with Eastman Tritan copolyester, the products help eliminate potential complications in IV therapy applications with reduced cracking and superior clarity, allowing for increased detection of air bubbles, while resisting discoloration and yellowing during sterilization.
Eastman Tritan copolyester prevents cracking, crazing and hazing of medical devices. They are also resistant to a large number of medical fluids, including oncology drugs, drug carrier solvents and lipids. These qualities can help reduce possible complications while also maintaining the polymer performance level of the stopcock.
The material offers color stability post-sterilization, helping retain the clear quality of the product and maintain better visibility allowing for increased detection of air bubbles, while resisting discoloration and yellowing during sterilization. Eastman Tritan copolyester offers future opportunities for color-coded stopcock systems to help increase organization and accuracy, which are crucial to patient safety. The material also is free of bisphenol, a growing preference among many clinicians and patients.
The stopcock was designed with the goal of improving patient safety by encouraging worldwide consistency in small-bore connectors for liquids and gases in health care applications. The connectors were designed to meet ISO-80396-7 and ISO-80396-6 standards, which address epidural connectors and aim to eliminate misconnections in this field.