Coming soon to Logan Regional Hospital is “a new national standard for patient and practiltioner-centered care and quality.”
Todd Dunn, Director of Information for Intermountain Healthcare, said they are the first health system in the U.S. providing more humane inpatient blood draws, without using needles.
“It is baffling that in an era of smartphones and space travel, clinicians draw blood by penetrating a vein with a needle,” said Dunn. “We resolved to find a better way for our phlebotomists and nurses to more humanely and consistently draw blood.”
Intermountain Healthcare has adopted a needle-free technology called PIVO from San Francisco-based Velano Vascular. After more than two years of clinical collaboration the system is already rolling out in two hospitals and soon will be in use at Logan Regional.
PIVO connects to an indwelling peripheral IV catheter, commonly used in hospitalized patients.
“After 15,000 PIVO draws on adults and children with no adverse events and positive feedback from both patients and caregivers, it is clear that we are together establishing a new standard of care.”
Inpatient blood draws occur nearly 500 million times a year in the U. S. and inform more than 70 percent of all medical decisions. Also, 30 percent of the country’s hospital patient population is considered Difficult Venous Access because of obesity, age and disease and that makes it more challenging to collect blood samples.