TRINITY IS FIRST IN STATE TO USE NEW DEVICE IN PICC PROCEDURES

April 15, 2011 2:23 p.m.

Trinity Medical Center West is the first health system in the state to use a new technology to locate the placement of a peripherally inserted central catheter or PICC.

 Usually, after a PICC is placed, the tip location is confirmed by x-ray.  But now a new FDA-approved device, called Sapiens*TCS by Bard Access Systems, provides real-time PICC catheter tip location information by using the patient’s cardiac electrical activity.   Through a patient’s heart beat and ECG, nurses and health care professionals can pinpoint the catheter tip’s location.  This technology not only reduces radiation exposure for patients, but also shortens the time the procedure takes.

 It’s faster and allows for more accurate placement.  This is a more reliable way to place the line and it shortens the procedure which is always good for patients.

 Trinity Medical Center West has a PICC team comprised of three specially trained registered nurses.  The team places more than 100 PICC lines per month.  The nurses learned about the new device and are the 1st hospital in the state of Ohio and the 20th hospital in the nation to begin using it.  This technology allows us to offer state of the art quality care to our patients, said Kim Donnelly, RN, Clinical Manager. 

 A patient might need a PICC for a variety of reasons including intravenous nutrition, antibiotic therapy or some chemotherapy regimens.  A PICC is inserted into a vein in a patient’s upper are, then advanced through increasingly larger veins toward the heart until the tip rests in its desired location.  The PICC team nurses provide this procedure to a variety of patients in all areas of the hospital, patients treated in other facilities as well as outpatients who require treatment. 

 The members of the PICC team are Pat Windon, Maureen Giandomenico and Kathy Mastroianni.  The team is part of the services offered by the Teramana Outpatient Center at Trinity Medical Center West

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