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    Lower the Risk for CLABSI with Midline Catheters

    Placing a central venous line is an effective method to administer powerful drugs to patients, however there are a variety of risks that can come with the placement of a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC). Approximately 80,000 central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) occur in the ICU annually1 and can cost up to $46,000 per case.2 With each PICC-related bloodstream infection, patient hospital stay can be prolonged, and the risk of death can increase.

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is also an increased risk factor with PICC lines. Symptomatic DVT rates range from 1% to 38.5%, and asymptomatic DVT rates equal an approximated 27.2%.3  

    A midline catheter can be used when a patient has limited venous access and requires I.V. therapy of approximately 6 to 10 days. According to Infection Control Today, overall midline bloodstream infection rates are significantly lower in midlines than in central lines. DVT rates in midlines have also been found to be significantly lower than PICC lines at a rate of less than 2%.3

    The First Midcath™ Catheter from Argon Medical Devices is a high-quality midline silicone catheter designed for safe and easy placement. These catheters were designed to provide comfort for the patient while efficiently administering peripheral fluids. Each catheter is manufactured with a pre-attached T-port extension set, protective sleeve, and centimeter markings designed to allow easy measurement and catheter trimming prior to insertion. Use The First MidcathTM Catheter to help lower the risk of complications and enhance patient outcomes.

    To learn more about the The First Midcath™ Catheter, please email us or call us at 888-891-1200.

    *When using a midline catheter, only peripheral fluids may be administered.


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    1 https://www.uptodate.com/contents/treatment-of-intravascular-catheter-related-infections

    2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK430891/

    3 http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/clabsi/midline-catheters-essential-tool-clabsi-reduction

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