Magnolia Medical Expands Steripath® Micro Initial Specimen Diversion Device® (ISDD®) Product Family with New FDA 510(k) Clearance


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Magnolia Medical Expands Steripath® Micro Initial Specimen Diversion Device® (ISDD®) Product Family with New FDA 510(k) Clearance

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Designed in collaboration with leading adult and children's hospitals, Steripath Micro is the only FDA 510(k)-cleared low-diversion volume device platform with a specific indication to reduce blood culture contamination1

SEATTLE, April 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc., announced today U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of 19 new Steripath® Micro configurations within the company's ISDD® product portfolio. This clearance provides hospitals with an expansive array of new options, including direct-to-bottle and BD Vacutainer® UltraTouch™ push-button blood collection set configurations, to serve the needs of all patient populations.

Employing the same clinically proven Initial Specimen Diversion Device® technology as Magnolia Medical's flagship product family of Steripath® Initial Specimen Diversion Devices®, the Steripath Micro device family combines a small, highly intuitive design for optimal user-experience with the speed of traditional blood culture collection methods. Steripath Micro is the only low-diversion volume blood culture collection device family with a specific FDA 510(k)-cleared indication to reduce blood culture contamination.1

All Steripath Micro needle configurations integrate the BD Vacutainer® UltraTouch™ push button blood collection set. UltraTouch™ needles have an ultra–thin–wall cannula, which provides a larger inner diameter while maintaining a true–to–gauge size outer cannula diameter (BD RightGauge™ Technology). Importantly, this technology innovation allows for greater sample fill volume to be collected into blood culture bottles by improving blood flow rates. Additionally, the BD PentaPoint™ cannula technology integrated into BD Vacutainer® UltraTouch™ wingsets helps penetrate the skin with greater ease.10

"We are delighted to launch the expanded family of Steripath Micro configurations as an integral part of our Initial Specimen Diversion Device portfolio. We developed the Steripath Micro platform in close collaboration with our customers to ensure the ability to provide improved blood culture accuracy for all patient populations, including those that are most vulnerable," said Greg Bullington, CEO of Magnolia Medical.

"The availability of these configurations will further accelerate our co-selling and co-marketing activities with BD as all Steripath Micro needle configurations come standard with BD's best-in-class UltraTouch™ needle innovation.

"This new product offering demonstrates our continued commitment to providing hospitals and healthcare systems with the best possible solutions that optimally balance ease of use and clinical performance to support achievement of CLSI and CDC's new 1% goal for blood culture contamination rates," Bullington concluded.2,3,4

Steripath Micro was developed in collaboration with clinicians in a variety of hospital settings throughout the country to optimize the blood culture collection process by allowing for fast, easy, and effective diversion and test sample collection. Using an active blood culture bottle- or syringe-driven diversion method, Steripath Micro diverts the initial 0.5 to 1.0 mL of blood into the diversion chamber, preventing potential contaminants from distorting the blood sample to be tested. Once diversion is complete, the clinician simply pushes a button to sequester potential contaminants and automatically open a second, sterile blood flow pathway to collect blood for testing.

In October 2022, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Magnolia Medical announced a co-exclusive commercial agreement aimed at helping U.S. hospitals reduce blood culture contamination by improving sepsis testing accuracy. The goal of the partnership is to significantly improve patient safety and outcomes while reducing avoidable hospital costs. Under the agreement, BD and Magnolia Medical both co-sell and co-market Magnolia Medical's Steripath® and Steripath® Micro Initial Specimen Diversion Device® platforms, complementing BD's bloodstream infection and specimen collection portfolios, including BD Vacutainer® push button and BD Vacutainer® UltraTouch™ blood collection sets.

As with all solutions across the Steripath Initial Specimen Diversion Device platform, Steripath Micro is backed by Magnolia Medical's market exclusive Clinical Performance Guarantee – achieve sustained reduction in blood culture contamination of 50% or greater, or your money back.11

About Steripath

The Steripath® Initial Specimen Diversion Device® platform offers the only all-in-one devices that are clinically proven to meet the ENA, INS, CDC, and CLSI evidence-based best practice guidelines to reduce blood culture contamination.2,3,4,5,6 To date, 20 clinical studies have been completed supporting the clinical and cost effectiveness of Steripath. All studies reported sustained contamination rates of 0-1% using Steripath, up to a 31% reduction in vancomycin days of therapy, and as much as a 12-fold decrease in false-positive central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) over extended periods of time.7,8,9

Steripath has been adopted by hundreds of U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems to address the problem of blood culture contamination, which can lead to sepsis misdiagnosis resulting in unnecessary, prolonged, and harmful antibiotic treatment, extended length of hospital stay, false-positive CLABSIs, and wasted healthcare resources.

About Magnolia Medical Technologies

Magnolia Medical Technologies develops, manufactures, and markets innovative blood and bodily fluid collection devices to facilitate significant improvements in the accuracy, consistency, and predictability of critical laboratory tests. Magnolia Medical invented and patented the Initial Specimen Diversion Technique® (ISDT®) and Initial Specimen Diversion Device® (ISDD®) for blood culture collection and contamination prevention. The company has amassed an intellectual property portfolio, including more than 130 issued method, apparatus, and design patents with more than 50 additional patent applications pending. For more information, visit

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