Outcomes in a Nurse-Led Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Program: A Retrospective Cohort Study Published in CMAJ Open

Low rates of major PICC-associated complications attributed in-part to the novel BioFlo catheter material

Data to be presented at AngioDynamics-sponsored symposium at the annual scientific meeting of the Association for Vascular Access

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  AngioDynamics (NASDAQ:ANGO), a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, announced today the publication of a nurse-led, peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) study in the July 4, 2017 edition of CMAJ Open. The research concluded that low rates of major PICC-associated complications are attributed in-part to the novel BioFlo catheter material, as well as a nurse-led expert insertion team, standardized care and maintenance protocols, high insertion volumes and continuous quality improvement initiatives. CMAJ Open is an online medical and health research journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

Lead researcher, Sheryl McDiarmid, RN, the Advanced Practice Nurse in the Corporate Vascular Access Program at The Ottawa Hospital, will be presenting results from the study at Platinum Showcase: BioFlo PICC Experiences Around the World, a symposium sponsored by AngioDynamics, at 5:15pm MT on Monday, September 18 at the annual scientific meeting of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA).

McDiarmid, along with her colleagues Nicholas Scrivens, BSc, Marc Carrier, MD, Elham Sabri, MSc, Baldwin Toye, MD, Lothar Huebsch, MD, and Dean Fergusson, PhD, concluded that the considerable benefits PICCs provide to patients are attained with low risk of major complications. In the study, the researchers randomly selected 656 patients to evaluate, totaling 58,456 catheter days. Key data summary points include an infection rate of 0.07/1000 catheter days, catheter-related deep vein thrombosis rate of 0.17/1000 catheter days and an occlusion rate of 11.44.  

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