Access Scientific has received FDA clearance for The PICC Wand, which enables clinicians to insert a peelable sheath for PICC or Midline catheter placement using the new Accelerated Seldinger Technique (AST).

The PICC Wand is a safety introducer that addresses the over-wire vascular access market, by providing faster, safer and simpler vascular access.

The company said that the PICC Wand combines all components of the older, Modified Seldinger Technique (MST) the needle, guidewire, dilator and sheath into one device that also protects against accidental needlesticks. Additionally, its ‘Fast-flash’ feature provides early detection of vessel entry.

The Seldinger technique was developed in 1953 to reduce complications associated with the introduction of catheters and other medical devices into blood vessels and hollow organs. Because there have been few significant improvements to the technique since it was invented, what is now known as the Modified Seldinger Technique (MST) still carries serious risks for patients and clinicians.

The PICC Wand and its platform Wand technology is designed to be used primarily by vascular nurse specialists for insertion of PICCs. In development is the Power Wand, which is intended to simplify the placement of extended-dwell IV catheters for power-injectable vascular access. The Power Wand has not yet received 510(k) clearance or CE Mark.

Steve Bierman, CEO of Access Scientific, said: “The PICC Wand promises to revolutionize over-wire vascular access. This FDA milestone will benefit both patients and healthcare workers. Along with our partners at Teleflex Medical, we are proud to introduce the PICC Wand and its Accelerated Seldinger Technique. We firmly believe this marks the advent of a new and higher standard of care.”

Erin Capo, a vascular access specialist at New York City metropolitan area, said: “The Wand facilitates PICC placement by enabling me to quickly and safely gain venous access. The design minimizes blood loss, decreases procedure time, optimizes operator safety and increases patient comfort. I have seen these benefits first-hand, and I am convinced that many other vascular specialists will adopt this technology.”