SAN DIEGO – Access Scientific has partnered with Teleflex Incorporated to launch the new PICC
WAND™, which enables clinicians to insert a peelable sheath for PICC or midline
catheter placement using the new Accelerated Seldinger Technique(AST).
a leader in providing innovative vascular access technologies, is the U.S.
distributor of The PICC WAND Safety Introducer with ARROW® peelable sheath.
The new product is an all-in-one safety introducer that
addresses the over-wire vascular access market, valued at more than $1 billion,
by providing faster, safer and simpler vascular access.
The PICC WAND, which is already in use at more than a dozen
hospitals, combines all components of the older, Modified Seldinger Technique
(MST) — the needle, guidewire, dilator and sheath – into one highly efficient
device that also protects against accidental needlesticks. Additionally, its
Fast-Flash™ feature provides early detection of vessel entry.
“We are very pleased to be working with Teleflex in
launching this new standard of care in vascular access,” said Bill Bold,
President of Access Scientific. “Teleflex is the perfect partner for
reaching clinicians with this exciting new technology, because of the company’s
long tradition of emphasizing quality and safety.”
In addition to its unitary design, The PICC WAND Safety
Introducer with peelable sheath is designed to reduce the risk of accidental needlesticks, bleeding, contamination, guidewire embolism, and loss of
cannulation. Air embolism is among the patient risks of MST that are reduced by The WAND and
its Accelerated Seldinger Technique.
“The PICC Wand provides significant benefits to both
patients and caregivers, and is an outstanding addition to our vascular access
product portfolio,” said Cary Vance, Executive Vice President, Teleflex
Bold noted that the PICC WAND is one of a series of products
from Access Scientific and its platform WAND technology.
In development is the Power WAND™, which is intended to simplify the placement of extended-dwell IV
catheters for improved power-injectable vascular access. The POWER WAND has not
yet received 510(k) clearance or CE Mark.
About Access Scientific
Access Scientific, a privately held medical device company, is dedicated to
providing a safer standard of over-wire vascular access through its proprietary
WAND technology. ASI’s team of seasoned device-company veterans is focused on
improving patient and healthcare worker safety through the combination of
superb design/engineering and exacting quality assurance. The WAND was
developed by the same Venetec International, Inc. team that invented StatLock®
catheter stabilization devices and made them the worldwide standard.