Specialty IV Consumables for Anesthesia

Infusion technology designed to help provide safe and efficient delivery of anesthetic medications
  • Minimize the Potential for Bacterial Transfer
  • Enhance Setup Efficiency
  • Standardize Supply Chain

Help reduce the risk of anesthesiology-related infections while helping address inefficiencies

When it comes to anesthesia delivery, every detail matters. That’s why we’ve designed specialty products to help reduce the risk of anesthesiology-related infections while helping address inefficiencies in intraoperative environments.

From the infection control properties of our clinically-differentiated Clave needlefree connectors, to procedure-ready IV sets that let you streamline the delivery of care, we give you access to the tools you need to help safely and efficiently deliver anesthesia medications to your patients.

The Challenge

High levels of contamination in the anesthesia work environment point to the need for enhanced infection control technology

The administration of intravenous (IV) fluids is essential in anesthesia, but your typical operating room (OR) can be crowded and cluttered with equipment that may not be sterile.

Due to the necessity of frequent contact with potential sources of bacterial transfer, there’s a high probability of patient contamination during anesthesia administration.


Contamination of the anesthesia work area can occur in as little as 4 minutes1
The horizontal transmission of bacterial organisms continues to maintain a high nosocomial infection rate in acute care settings, impacting 10% of patients admitted.

Hand Hygiene

Anesthesia hand hygiene compliance failure rates are as high as 82%3,4
Studies have shown that poor hand hygiene is commonly associated with intraoperative contamination of peripheral intravascular devices.

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Up to 32% of open IV stopcock sets may become contaminated in the OR.1

Up to 25% of patients with contaminated stopcocks may develop infections.1

Four of the most contaminated sources in the OR are the anesthesia keyboard and mouse, the anesthesia cart drawers, and the OR bed.2, 4

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Help Minimize Infection Risks

Enhance patient safety and comply with CDC guidelines 9

Incorporate closed, self-sealing components featuring Clave IV connector technology

ICU Medical’s full line of needlefree stopcocks and manifolds feature clinically-differentiated Clave infection control technology, designed to minimize the risk of contamination by maintaining a closed system. These access ports are ideal for anesthesiology where simultaneous fluid delivery is critical.

Anesthesia Diagram

Clave technology has been proven to minimize bacterial transfer 5,6,7,8

In a peer-reviewed study comparing 20 different needlefree IV connectors, researchers reported ICU Medical’s connectors featuring Clave technology were shown to have a lower bacterial transfer rate than any of the other connectors tested.

Bacterial transfer rate comparison of needlefree connectors5

Clave connector technology has the lowest bacterial transfer rate of all connectors tested

Choose from a broad portfolio of IV sets with integrated Clave technology

Access a wide selection of off-the-shelf sets with the adaptability to be tailored to your unique facility protocols and procedures.

  • Extension Sets

    Optimize fluid delivery with procedure-ready extension sets featuring a range of needlefree connector and component options.

  • Administration Sets

    Help enhance safety and efficiency with IV sets tailored to your protocols, including needlefree connector stopcocks, manifolds, and pre-attached and breakaway extension sets.

  • Blood Sets

    Maintain a closed system throughout the administration of blood products with sets that include hand pumps and add-on extension sets for blood warming.

Warning: Clave connectors may be incompatible with some male-luer connectors including prefilled glass syringes. To avoid damage to the Clave or syringes or male luers which may result in delays of medication administration and possible serious adverse events, users should confirm mating luers or syringes have an internal diameter range of 0.062” to 0.110”. Check the internal diameter of the male-luer connector of the mating syringe prior to using it to access the Clave. Products outside of these dimensional tolerances should not be used.

Enhance Setup Efficiency

Anaesthesiologist using ICU medical equipment

Address IV anesthesia inefficiencies

Assembling multiple IV sets and components for anesthesia delivery is not only complex, it requires extra manipulation, wastes time, and may lead to delays in care or an increased risk of contamination. ICU Medical's broad portfolio of procedure-ready IV sets for anesthesia can let you standardize processes and minimize setup time.

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Anesthesiologists spend up to 29% of their time manipulating IV components13

Traditional anesthesia delivery methods requires the assembly of multiple IV sets and components which may increase packaging waste and clutter.

"Anesthesia workspaces were observed to become cluttered with unwanted sterile packaging, occasionally obscuring a clear view of more critical items like drug syringes or airway supplies." — Fraind et al.13

Anesthesia ICU medical Fluid Grid

Get procedure-ready IV sets designed to meet your specific needs

Our broad portfolio of IV sets can help improve the efficiency of your anesthesia IV drug delivery practices by letting you choose patient-ready sets designed to match your specific need, avoiding the burdensome assembly of multiple components at the bedside. When you consolidate inventory of different set SKUs, you free up shelf space, save valuable time spent searching for the set you need, and reduce packaging waste and clutter.

Standardize Supply Chain

Standardize on a single supplier for your infusion consumables

With ICU Medical, there’s no need to settle for second best when it comes to IV consumables. We give you access to our full portfolio of components and the broadest offering of off-the-shelf IV sets tailored to a range of clinical needs. And as a full-line IV therapy provider, we help further optimize your supply chain by standardizing on a single supplier across your dedicated and nondedicated IV sets.

  • Tubing Options

    Choose from multiple colors, large and small bore, and specified set lengths for distinct clinical applications.

  • Multiple Configurations

    In addition to Clave IV connectors, choose from rotating, fixed, or slip luer connections. Customize your clamp type and placement, drip chambers, 0.2- and 1.2-micron integrated filters, and more.

  • Color-coded Components

    Choose from multiple color-coded component options like connector rings, IV tubing, and clamps to help reinforce your facilities’ line-identification initiatives.

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  2. Link T, Kleiner C, Mancuso MP, Dziadkowiec O, Halverson-Carpenter K. Determining high touch areas in the operating room with levels of contamination. Am J Infect Control. 2016;44: 1350-1355

  3. Bibble C, Shah J. Quantification of anesthesia providers’ hand hygiene in a busy metropolitan operating room: what would Semmelweis think? AM J Infect Control. 2012;40: 756-759.

  4. Franklin E, Stein L. Human Factors Analysis of Infection Prevention Practices in the Anesthesia Work Environment. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 2017;61: 639-642.

  5. Ryder, M., DeLancey-Pulcini, E., Parker, A., & James, G. (2023). Bacterial transfer and biofilm formation in needleless connectors in a clinically simulated in vitro catheter model. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 1-9. doi:10.1017/ice.2023.60.

  6. JD Brown, HA Moss, TSJ Elliot. The potential for catheter microbial contamination from a needleless connector. J Hosp Infect. 1997.; 36: 181-189.

  7. Yebenes J, Delgado M, Sauca G, Serra-Prat M, Solsona M, Almirall J, et al. Efficacy of three different valve systems of needlefree closed connectors in avoiding access of microorganisms to endovascular catheters after incorrect handling. Crit Care Med. 2008; 36: 2558-2561.

  8. Bouza E, Munoz P, Lopez-Rodriguez J, et al. A needleless closed system device (Clave protects from intravascular catheter tip and hub colonization: a prospective randomized study. J Hosp Infect. 2003; 54:279-287.

  9. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections. 2011.

  10. Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections, 2011 (Updated Recommendations July 2017)

  11. Data on file at ICU Medical. Low Volume Flush Characteristics of Unique Needlefree Connections M1-1223 Rev. 1.

  12. Breznock EM, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Sylvia CJ, DVM, MS, BioSurg, Inc. The in vivo evaluation of the flushing efficiency of different designs of clear needlefree connectors. March 2011.

  13. Fraind D, Slagle J. Tubbesing V, Hughes S., Weinger M. Reengineering IV drug and fluid administration processes in the OR. Anesthesiology 2002;97: 139-147.