Evaluation: ICU Medical ChemoLock Closed-System Transfer Device (External Balloon Version)

June 18, 2020 | Evaluations & Guidance

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Here's how the ICU Medical ChemoLock compares with the other products we've evaluated.

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Last updated 5/2020

The ChemoLock is a good choice for a closed-system transfer device (CSTD) to minimize personnel exposure to hazardous drugs (HDs). With the availability of binding syringe adapters, it helps prevent incorrect disconnection of CSTDs. In addition, it is easy to use, with an audible click and tactile response indicating a complete connection. We tested the barrier (i.e., external balloon) version of the device. There are no significant concerns about the use of this product in challenging environments. Read about the "Considerations for Challenging Environments" feature.

ECRI has not evaluated, and does not provide conclusions in this report directly regarding, the escape of drug vapors from CSTDs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a test protocol (CDC-2015-0075, Docket Number NIOSH-288, September 8, 2015) applicable to barrier-type CSTDs, but it is not an appropriate tool for evaluating air-cleaning (e.g., filter-based) CSTDs. NIOSH efforts are under way to develop a universal test protocol suitable for testing all types of CSTD technologies. More information about the current status of these efforts...

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