"I have recently been trained in the Vascular Access Department of Huguley Memorial Medical Center to perform ultrasound peripheral IVs, POWERWAND, and PICC line insertions. The process of learning has been made much faster and simplified by the use of AST. During training I found it easier to use AST because everything you need to gain access is “all in one." It essentially cuts down three steps to one, because everything you need is right in your hand. It lowers the chance of dropping your wire, introducer, loosing vein access, needle stick safety, and less blood exposure. AST is by far my favorite way to gain access for PICC placement."
Brandi Hopkins, RN, Vascular Access Lead Charge Nurse, PCU
"The POWERWAND is a great instrument. As a patient it is very hard to get vascular access or draw blood on me. I received a POWERWAND on my admission in December. It was as good if not better than a PICC line. I really liked it and will request one on my next hospital admission. As a nurse using them I've had pretty good success with them."
Merrick Hutchinson, Patient
The PICC WAND®
"The all-in-one component of The PICC WAND ensures user safety and ease of PICC placement. It increases patient comfort and minimizes blood loss and trauma to veins. The WAND will undoubtedly set the standard for the future in vascular access."
Teresa Kamps RN, CRNI
"If you'd like to minimize exchange sequences, and add needle safety to your venous access procedures, The WAND is an excellent tool. With the Fast-flash feature, The WAND allows the clinician to confirm successful venous access, and quickly transition to guidewire and sheath placement in one device."
Gail Egan Sansivero, MS, ANP
"The demand for vascular access and long-term IV therapy is expected to increase in the future because of an aging population, obesity and medical innovations. As a result of improper care of IVs, caustic drugs and poor choice of access, patients are at risk for more complications. The success rate for vascular access has been known to increase with the use of advanced training and the newer methods of placement. The WAND is a great advantage for these types of patients that require short term vascular access, but require specialized access."
Cindy J. Solinsky, RN, BSN
"The WAND facilitates PICC placement by enabling me to quickly and safely gain venous access. The innovative design minimizes blood loss, decreases procedure time, optimizes operator safety and increases patient comfort. I have seen these benefits first-hand, and I am convinced that many other vascular specialists will adopt this technology."
Erin Capo, PA