Vascular Access

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for vascular access, both venous and arterial access, for percutaneous, transcatheter, interventional devices. In cath lab procedures, an introducer sheath needs to be inserted into the vessel to allow access of guidewires, catheters and devices into the body. Introducer sheaths are self-sealing to serve a stop cock to prevent blood from leaving the body during procedures. There are various access sites that can be accessed, most commonly femoral or radial access, but also the ulnar, axillary and tibiopedal vasciular access routes There are several complications that can occur at the access site and technologies have been developed to reduce these issues, especially with the most common bleeding complications.

PICC lines are used for venous pressure monitoring, blood sampling, drug administration and replacement of fluids or blood products. Cook Spectrum catheters are impregnated with the antimicrobials minocycline and rifampin, which have been shown to minimize the risk of bacterial colonization of the catheter and catheter-related bacteremia during use.

Feature | June 04, 2012 | Dr. Kamran Zamanian and Jamie Stillborn, iData Research Inc.
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are devices used for intravenous access to facilitate the delivery of...

The Discovery IGS 730 system was designed to address the challenge departments historically have had in needing to switch between ceiling-, floor-mounted and mobile C-arm systems. It uses a wireless, laser-guided, motorized mobile gantry, allowing it to be moved anywhere in a room. It is ideal for hybrid ORs because it can be parked away from the patient table, allowing better table access for open surgery.

Feature | May 15, 2012 | Dave Fornell
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2012 Scientific Session, held March 24-27 in Chicago, was the first major...
Technology | May 01, 2012
May 1, 2012 — Theragenics Corp. announced that Galt Medical, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Theragenics, has received U.S...
News | April 20, 2012
April 20, 2012 — VasoStitch will be featuring its technology at EuroPCR, Europe’s largest interventional cardiology...
Videos | ACC | March 30, 2012
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Editor Dave Fornell discusses trends and shares his choices of the most...
News | January 17, 2012
January 17, 2012 – Terumo Americas Holding Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Terumo Corp., announced it acquired Onset...
News | November 23, 2011
November 23, 2011 – Medical technology incubator Therix Medical announced the launch of spin-off Bluegrass Vascular...
Technology | May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011 - Arstasis announce the U.S. launch of its latest commercial product - the Axera Access Device. The Axera...
News | May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011 - Cordis announces the launch in Europe of Radial Solutions, a complete portfolio for transradial...
News | March 07, 2011
March 8, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced monthly liver enzyme tests are no longer...
News | February 09, 2011
February 9, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said certain lots of the Arstasis One femoral artery...
News | February 08, 2011
February 8, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Merit Medical Systems initiated a Class I recall...
Technology | January 27, 2011
January 27, 2010 – An ergonomic, peel-away introducer sheath was launched this week to facilitate placement of...
Technology | January 11, 2011
January 11, 2011 – A new vascular access system is available in the United States and Europe. The SmartNeedle...
Technology | December 21, 2010
December 21, 2010 – A new introducer kit is now available in the United States. The VSI StraitSet Kit, from Vascular...