X-ray free technology allows better placement of central catheter lines
SUN CITY WEST (Nov. 7, 2011) – In order for some antibiotic therapies, nutrition regimens or certain types of chemotherapy to be administered, a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line is used. These lines, the tip of which reaches all the way from the arm into the heart, requires accurate placement and an X-ray has been used to ensure this accuracy. Banner Del E. Webb is now using a device that is more accurate and does not require an X-ray to determine the line placement.
The nonprofit hospital, located at 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, is the first Banner facility and among the first in the state to use the Sapiens TCS (Bard Access Systems) device for the insertion of PICC lines. The device uses the patient’s electrical cardiac activity and allows clinicians to view the insertion in real time and know exactly where the tip of the line is and to make sure it rests at the desired location in the heart. Moreover, by avoiding the need for an X-ray, radiation exposure is reduced.
“This system is faster, allows more accurate placement and avoids treatment delays,” noted Brian Shelley, leader of the invasive lines team. “By using this unit, it allows my team to provide state-of-the-art technology, quickly, effectively and with a high quality of care to our patients.”
Banner Del E. Webb created the first RCP/RN invasive lines team in 2010. This 16 member team includes Tammy Baker, Dusty Bartee, Cheryl Black, Carla Casey, Courtnie Crawford, Deborah Garcia, Don Hadley, Britni Little, Lauren McNell, Rick Meath, Edita Muminovic, Stacey Petersen, Dan Sponagle, Rochelle Swenson, Dan Willson, Charlene Wykle and led by Brian Shelley Manager of Cardiopulmonary. The PICC team provides procedures to both inpatient and outpatients within Banner Del E. Webb.
The team is staffed 24/7 and inserts more than 2,000 lines annually.
About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb is a 404-bed, acute-care hospital offering orthopedic surgery, heart care, emergency care, general surgery, cancer care, obstetrics and gynecology, medical imaging, women’s diagnostic services, outpatient services, rehabilitation and behavioral care.
Banner Del E. Webb is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 23 hospitals throughout the West. Supporting Banner Del E. Webb’s mission of excellent patient care is Sun Health Foundation, which encourages charitable giving to enhance health care delivery. To learn more, visit: www.bannerhealth.com/webb.