Non-Injectable Arterial Connector – an arterial connecting system to reduce bacterial contamination and the accidental administration of medication.

Challenge/problem identified

Accidental administration of medication into the arterial line, bacterial contamination and blood spilling can occur during sampling, causing a risk to patient safety.

The solution

The Non-Injectable Arterial Connector (NIC) by Amdel Medical is a needle-free arterial connector that improves patient safety. One NIC is attached to the sampling luer port and a second NIC to transducer port of the arterial transducer set. The NIC reduces accidental administration of medication into the arterial line, bacterial contamination and blood spilling during sampling.

  • Easier and quicker to use than standard connectors and requires minimal staff training (2-3 minutes).
  • Stays on the arterial line for the lifetime of the line (no need to change with each sample).
  • Built-in one-way valve safety feature prevents wrong route drug administration.


  • Prevention of rare but catastrophic injuries such as skin loss, necrosis, loss of limb or potentially death associated with accidental injection of intravenous drugs
  • Reduced bacterial contamination
  • Reduced blood spilling during sampling
  • Prevents blood loss if the tap is left open, a problem which occurs when staff are distracted or prevented from completing their task in one operation.
  • Improved patient safety in NHS hospitals


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More information and journal article available online (Anaesthesia):

Winner of a National Patient Safety & Care Award (2012)

Winner of Innovation Prize – Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (2015)

Paper presented at BCCN conference by Julie Allen et al, 17 and 18 September 2018, indicated that use of the NIC can provide savings of cost and nursing resource and help to prevent infection and mis-injection and concluded that: “Adoption of this change of practice across the NHS could save £4m annually.” The poster can be seen here: .