The ViaValve Safety I.V. Catheter can help reduce the risk of blood exposure by means of an integrated valve in the catheter hub. The valve provides blood control by impeding the backflow of blood from the patient’s vein upon initial venipuncture. This helps to prevent the transfer of bloodborne pathogens from patient to caregiver on soiled gloves, clothing, bedding and dressings by maintaining a clean access site. ViaValve Safety I.V. Catheter also helps prevent inadvertent needlesticks, which, each year, affect approximately 800,000 healthcare workers in the U.S.