SMTL Medical Disposable Datacard

Needle free IV connector

All Wales Contract: Intravenous sets and related items
Sterility Status: Sterile
Usage Status: Single use
Commonly used name: Bionector



Luer activated device incorporating a valve through which connections can be made or medications introduced. The valve is designed to prevent fluid flow through the device until a mating Luer connection is inserted. Valve possesses a female luer lock at one end and male at the other. Used for intravenous or intra-arterial access (arterial needle-free connectors are same basic design but different size and colour coded red). Device must be MRI compatible and should possess a swabable membrane.


Key areas where used

  • Theatres
  • General ward use
  • ITU
  • All ward areas

Method of use

The connector is attached to a catheter hub or extension set (such as a double or triple lumen catheter - see other datacards). The connector is swabbed with disinfectant and allowed to dry before being attached to a syringe or a primed IV set for the administration of fluid. Please see individual manufacturers instructions for specific information on use. Also used to access multi-dose vials and fluid bags and to take blood samples via syringe. The female luer lock can be attached to an IV set or syringe to infuse, or to take a blood sample. Arterial needle-free connectors are used to take arterial blood samples.

Some needle-free connectors provide 'positive end pressure' which maintains line patency. Needle-free connectors are left in place according to local policy and can be used for multiple applications. These differ in number according to manufacturer's instructions.

Many IV access devices (such as extension sets, vial access devices and giving sets) contain needle-free connectors but are not included on this datacard

Please note: Luer-compatible needle free connectors should be incompatible with whichever non-luer neuraxial connectors are adopted in the Welsh NHS


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
Bionector 896.01 /02 /03 /11 Vygon Ltd
Clave C1000 ICU Medical
Posiflow 38530 Becton Dickinson Ltd


Revision Details

Editor P Phillips, J Ford
Revision No 1.9
Revision date 04/04/2013

Please inform SMTL of any inaccuracies noted or amendments required in this datacard.


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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