I guarantee you this news will make your professional life a whole lot easier and even more gratifying.
All over the world, vascular access specialists are now using ultrasound to help insert peripheral IVs (PIVs). Because of this, central line insertions are often avoided and existing central lines are able to be discontinued. That’s the good news.
The bad news is: the median dwell time of ultrasound guided PIVs is 26 hours, and their failure rate is nearly 50%. Ultrasound-guided PIVs just cannot last, they are too short and made of the wrong material (i.e. polyurethane).
Fortunately, Access Scientific has the solution—POWERWAND™ EDC: The first power-injectable, non-trimmable 6cm extended-dwell, 3Fr catheter, specifically designed for ultrasound-guided peripheral IV access. Like all POWERWANDs, the EDC is made of ChronoFlex™C and inserted using either the XL method (easiest) or the accelerated Seldinger technique (fastest).
Does it perform? Preliminary data from a prestigious urban hospital—currently in the process of publishing these remarkable results—revealed the POWERWAND™ EDC average dwell time of 11.2 days. That’s longer than the vast majority of midlines! And, the POWERWAND™ EDC resulted in a 39.1% reduction of central line usage. No other peripheral IV in the world can boast such extraordinary results.
Imagine not having to go back again and again to the same patient to start and restart an ultrasound-guided PIV. Imagine not having to ultimately start a PICC or CVC and risk a CLABSI on that poor patient. Imagine the patient and family sincerely offering you their thanks.
There is a new and better tool in your toolbox—the revolutionary 6cm, 3Fr POWERWAND™ EDC. I’m sure if you try it, you’ll quickly realize it is by far the best peripheral vascular access device ever made.
Steve Bierman MD