FDA Clearance for Blood-Drawable, Power Injectable Catheter

Published date : 17 September 2012
Article date : 17 September 2012

Dotmed news.com reports that Access Scientific has received FDA Clearance for the 4Fr Nanopuncture POWERWAND which they describe as a newly improved peripheral IV catheter that is blood-drawable, power-injectable and can deliver therapy for the entire length of a patient's hospital stay.

The article describes the catheter as light weight and designed to provide smoother handling and greater ease of insertion. The power-injectable catheter is inserted using the proprietary Accelerated Seldinger Technique. 

Apparently, the POWERWAND can be used to administer fluids and medications and for withdrawing blood for diagnostic tests. The article goes on to say that the device is the first and only power-injectable peripheral IV (PIV) catheter capable of delivering continuous IV therapy for theduration for a patient's sta, up to a maximum of 29 days. It is also designed to be an integral part of any program to reduce central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).

According to dotmednews, in addition to allowing consistent blood draws, the catheter has a flow rate of 130 mL per minute which makes it the fastest-flowing peripheral line of its size. 

Source: www.dotmednews.com, 13 September 2012 

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