Arrow® Vascular Access Clinical Education
Device: Visualization and Tracking
Vascular access has been proven safer with the advent of ultrasound technology to visualize the vasculature during access.1 Real-time ultrasound guidance is used to assess healthy and patent vessels, and it has been shown to reduce catheter-related complications.2 In order to avoid complications associated with vascular access, the clinician must incorporate careful, evidence-based assessment and evaluation of the vascular anatomy. Additionally, present technology allows a clinician who is placing central venous access devices (CVADs) outside of the radiology suite to track the catheter tip during insertion and confirm tip termination without the use of chest X-ray. Real-time tracking of the catheter and tip confirmation can save time and resources, allowing the patient to begin administration of prescribed IV therapies immediately.
1. AHRQ. Chapter 21 2016 02-25 McGee DC, Gould MK. Preventing complications of central venous catheterization. N Engl J Med 2003; 348:1123–1133.
2. Gorski LA, Hadaway L, Hagle M, McGoldrick M, Orr M, Doellman D. Infusion therapy standards of practice. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2016;39(1 Supplement):S1–S159
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