INS Exhibit Hall 2014 – Part 2 New PIV Technology

Don’t you just hate it when you stick a perfectly good vein  and end up going through the vein? Can you tell when the tip of the needle and the tip of the catheter have entered the vein to know when to advance the catheter into the vein?

As I always do, here’s my disclaimer – there were many different products represented there and as the owner of this blog, I reserve the right to point out the ones that caught my attention. For disclosure purposes, I was not paid to write this post and have no relationship whatsoever with these companies, nor am I endorsing the products. This is my blog, my opinions and not of the Infusion Nurses Society and is just FYI.

At the INS Exhibit Hall, there were two products that I thought were great in potentially increasing PIV insertion on the first attempt.

1. AccuCath Intravenous Catheter from Vascular Pathways:

The AccuCath™ Intravenous Catheter is a REVOLUTION in peripheral catheter technology. Its AccuTip™ nitinol guidewire creates a pathway within the vessel that deploys the catheter atraumatically. The AccuCath™ device is expected to lower complication rates and increase dwell times while enhancing patient satisfaction and healthcare worker safety.

  • Designed to increase first attempt success
  • Atraumatic delivery designed to reduce complication rates
  • Expected to extend average catheter dwell times
  • Greater patient and clinician satisfaction

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You know how nurses like to test out new widgets, right? I’m no exception.  I saw the product demonstration video and was VERY disappointed I was not able to actually use the product in a simulation insertion. Why? They were not offering anyone to try their product!!!!!

I viewed their eposter entitled: Randomized Controlled Comparison of Accucath vs Conventioanl Peripheral IV authored by Bette K. Idemoto, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN and James R. Rowbottome, MD. This poster demonstrated the effectiveness of this new IV catheter showing first successful attempt at 89% vs 43% with conventional PIV. The study randomized 248 patients.

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2. SurFlash® Safety I.V. Catheter by Terumo / CareFusion

As the only safety IV catheter with a double-flash feature that verifies both needle and catheter placement, SurFlash® improves first-stick success. SurFlash® catheters reduce needlestick injuries, blood exposure, and cost (because of fewer wasted catheters). With its new pressure rating, proprietary safety valve and bevel-up indicator, SurFlash® has it all!


It was a great experience learning about this product and you know what the best part is? I got to try this product in a dummy IV arm!!! It doesnt feel any different than inserting a conventional PIV but it offers the first stick success, smooth skin insertion and protection from blood exposure after the venipuncture.

They also had an eposter entitled: Peripheral IV Cannulation: Technology and Technique Driving Best Practices by Mark Hunter RN, CRNI, VA-BC and Nancy Trick RN, CRNI. It described the use of evidence based technique and technologies designed to reduce infusion related risks of peripheral IV therapy.

Here’s a video from their website:  Surflash Video

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