Category: 3Fr POWERWAND

POWERWAND™ EDC – Success Stories

POWERWAND™ EDC – Success Stories

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.

Patients First.

Steve Bierman MD

At Last, the Potential for a ONE-STICK Hospitalization

At Last, the Potential for a ONE-STICK Hospitalization

Our hearts go out to all the children whose childhoods are interrupted by hospitalization. Thankfully, there is a new and simple way to lessen their suffering—a unique vascular access device that finally offers hospitalized children the true potential for a ONE-STICK hospitalization. That wonderful addition to our vascular access toolbox is the 3Fr Pediatric POWERWAND™.

Children’s wards and Children’s Hospitals all over the country are celebrating the advent of this new, all-purpose Pediatric POWERWAND for its extraordinary first-attempt success rate, superb blood-drawability, extended dwell times (up to 29 days) and minimal complications. As an accomplished pediatric vascular specialist in the Midwest recently said, “It’s so nice to have mothers actually squeezing our hands and thanking us.  One told me the POWERWAND prevented her child from getting between 40-50 needlesticks.”

If your facility is a participant in the Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety, you’ll be especially happy to learn that the Pediatric POWERWAND addresses 4+1 of the SPS Focus Goals. Used in conjunction with the Pediatric ZPad™ securement device and catheter cushion (which comes in the POWERWAND Pediatric kit, along with several other special accessories), the Pediatric POWERWAND is designed to reduce: (1) CLABSI, (2) Venous Thromboembolism, (3) PIVIEs (infiltrations and extravasations), (4) pressure injuries–PLUS (5) medical adhesive-related skin injuries.

The world of Pediatric vascular access just changed dramatically for the better.  The Pediatric POWERWAND—giving hospitalized children their first true shot at a ONE-STICK hospitalization.

I am confident this new POWERWAND product will add greatly to the daily gratification of your important work.  


Steve Bierman, MD

Finally, A Solution for Hard Stick Patients.

Finally, A Solution for Hard Stick Patients.

I often travel to hospitals all over the country and hear stories from clinicians who are frustrated by peripheral IVs that don’t last. Think about your own practice – how often does it happen that you are called to start a peripheral IV on a hard stick patient only to have to restart it the next day?

Did you know that the median dwell time for an ultrasound-guided PIV is only 26 hours?  All the skill, time and effort you and your colleagues apply to the placement of these vital lines, unfortunately, results in an IV that lasts barely more than a day.  Why?  Because PIVs are simply too short (and too easily kinked) to function for any substantial time in the deeper veins of the arm and forearm.

Fortunately, there is a solution: The first true extended dwell catheter designed to extend the life of ultrasound guided peripheral IVs up to 29 days – The new POWERWAND™ EDC–3French, 6 cm (2.4 inches).

The new 3Fr, 6 cm POWERWAND is longer than a PIV, capable of power-injection up to 8 mL/sec, and is designed for the same reliable blood-drawability and extended dwell times as the POWERWAND midlines.  Made of ChronoFlex™C, this new tool in your toolbox, is ideal for renal patients–and vein preservation, in general; ultrasound guided PIVs, patient’s requiring extended treatment but who do not need the hemodilution afforded by the POWERWAND midlines.

Please consider this next great innovation from Access Scientific–the POWERWAND 3Fr, 6cm Extended Dwell Catheter.  Your patients will thank you.

Steve Bierman, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Access Scientific