St. Vincent’s Riverside Announces X-Ray Free Technology for Safer Placement of Catheter Lines | Health

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St. Vincent’s Riverside Announces X-Ray Free Technology for Safer Placement of Catheter Lines
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St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside is the first hospital in Northeast Florida using new technology to improve the placement of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines. A PICC line replaces the need for multiple IV sticks for people undergoing prolonged treatments such as nutrition, antibiotic therapy or chemotherapy.  In the past, an x-ray was needed for guidance to place the lines but now a new FDA approved device (Sapiens TCS by Bard Access Systems) allows nurses to do the procedure at the bedside without the use of x-ray.

The device allows for real-time PICC catheter tip location guided by the patient’s cardiac electrical activity seen on the screen of an electrocardiogram (EKG).

“This state-of-the-art technology is a win-win for patients and staff,” said Melissa Scott, RN, MSN, Ne-BC and Administrative Director of Nursing Quality and Magnet Programs with St. Vincent’s HealthCare.  “Not only is this system faster and more accurate, it is also safer, reducing radiation exposure for patients and technicians.”

In addition to improving placement accuracy, other benefits include: 

  • Eliminating the need for chest x-rays
  • Eliminating radiation exposure
  • Eliminating delays in waiting for x-rays and results
  • Improving patient and staff satisfaction
  • Improving productivity
  • Enhancing patient comfort

The St. Vincent’s Riverside PICC team places about 130-190 PICC lines each month.  Patients who do not meet the criteria will continue to receive a chest x-ray to confirm location of the PICC tip.

 

 

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