All-in-One Introducer Designed for Safer Vascular Access


February 1, 2010

The PICC WAND introducer catheter enables clinicians to insert a peelable sheath for PICC or midline catheter placement using the new Accelerated Seldinger Technique (AST), for faster vascular access.

The device is an all-in-one safety introducer that addresses the over-wire vascular access market by providing faster, safer and simpler vascular access. The PICC WAND combines all components of the older, Modified Seldinger Technique (MST) – the needle, guide wire, dilator and sheath – into one device that also protects against accidental needle sticks. Additionally, its “Fast-flash” feature provides early detection of vessel entry.

It is designed to reduce the risk of accidental needle sticks, bleeding, contamination, guide wire embolism, and loss of cannulation. It is supposed to minimize blood loss, decrease procedure time, optimizes operator safety and increases patient comfort.

The device is designed to be used primarily by vascular nurse specialists for insertion of PICCs.

The device was cleared by the FDA in February 2010.

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