Month: June 2017

The Danger of Cut Catheters

The Danger of Cut Catheters

Customers often ask, Why does the POWERWAND™ have so many fewer complications than the other midlines and extended-dwell catheters we have tried?  Flip that over and it sounds like: Why do other non-POWERWAND midlines have so many more complications (DVTs, leaking, phlebitis, etc.) than POWERWAND midlines?

The answer is really quite simple: Cut catheters appear to cause irritation to the vessel lining (i.e., the intima), which in turn causes complications.  Watch this video which depicts the dangers of cut catheters quite well.

The POWERWAND is not a cut catheter; its tip is thermoformed into an atraumatic ZERO-EDGE™ transition. Beyond that, the POWERWAND guidewire has a soft, plastic domed tip.  Atraumatic POWERWAND insertion leads to superior clinical outcomes.

But there is more.  The other midlines are all made of polyurethane or a polyurethane blend.  Those polyurethane midlines with published outcome data all have higher bloodstream infection rates than POWERWAND.  Why?  Because the POWERWAND is not polyurethane. It is made of a remarkable new polymer called ChronoFlex C®, which before becoming a POWERWAND, goes through our proprietary manufacturing process.  The result: Over 20,000 catheter-days of peer-reviewed, published studies, from 5 different investigators and 6 different institutions, with ZERO bloodstream infections.

Atraumatic insertion + Thermoformed ChronoFlex C = The undisputed best-in-class, POWERWAND midline and extended-dwell catheter.  There is method to the POWERWAND magic.