During percutaneous access procedures, it’s critical that practitioners utilize quality tools to help overcome any clinical challenges. Merit Medical OEM’s innovative percutaneous access products are supported and well known by practitioners in the medical field. Our products are designed and tested to help effortlessly gain access into patients.
According to RN Steph Olsen, the importance of needle sharpness is key in the medical industry. Steph worked in a cardiac catheter lab for 19 years and spent more than half of that time in scrubs. When dealing with needles, there are several different aspects that can make or break a needle during percutaneous access. The needle should be the perfect balance of being sharp but not so sharp to the point where you could potentially cause unintentional trauma to patients. Therefore, Steph states that it’s important to have a needle that will go into the tissue very easily without getting stuck. Some of the most common problems with percutaneous access include:
- Not being able to find a vein
- The catheter won’t advance
- A hematoma or bruise forms at the site of cannulation
- The vein is very mobile
- Potentially hitting a valve
Thus, having a needle that is sharp enough, angled enough, the right length, and the right diameter (depending on the procedure) are all key factors for quality needles, in the medical industry. Accordingly, Merit Medical OEM’s Advance® Needles significantly help clinicians overcome the challenges of bad needles.