SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Multi-lumen catheter

All Wales Contract: Intravenous sets and related items
Sterility Status: Sterile
Usage Status: Single use
Commonly used names: Double or triple lumen


Multiple (usually 2 or 3) pieces of transparent tubing join to form one channel within a chamber (which may or may not be transparent) terminating with a male luer lock. All of the lumen possess a clamp (either a slide clamp or Roberts clamp)  and terminate in a colour coded female luer lock and plug (some devices terminate in an needle-free connector). The tubes may differ in length and diameter, to be used for different flow rates. Each lumen commonly possesses a one-way valve.


Key areas where used

  • Theatres
  • ITU
  • Coronary care
  • High dependency units

Method of use

Used with central venous cannula and IV cannula (either directly attached to the end of the cannula or by the one-way injection port on cannula). Used for the administration of more than one medication or medication with fluids. Used on occasions when it is essential that two drugs are administered together but cannot be mixed prior to administration.


Individually wrapped in a peel pouch

Sizes Required

  • Not applicable


Example products

The following table lists examples of products known to be acceptable for this product description.

Brand Name Product Code Manufacturer
Octopus double lumen with 2 Bionector 841.24A Vygon Ltd
Octopus double lumen with 1 Bionector 841.25A Vygon Ltd
Arrow triple lumen BR-15853 Kimal Scientific Products

Revision Details

Editor P Phillips, J Ford
Revision No 1.9
Revision date 02/06/14

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This datacard has been prepared as an aid to contracting for purchasers in the NHS in Wales, and should not be used as a substitute for literature, instructions or training from the manufacturers of the devices.

Products mentioned in this datacard are for illustration purposes only and should not be seen as an endorsement of these products.

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