Access Scientific, Inc. (ASI), a medical technology company, has announced that Teleflex Medical will distribute its PICC WAND Safety Introducer with a peelable sheath intended for peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs).

Under this three-year agreement between the medical device companies, following Access Scientific’s receipt of FDA clearance for The PICC WAND, Teleflex will begin distribution PICC WAND Safety Introducer.

Access Scientific and Teleflex Medical also announced several other initiatives, including creation of the Accelerated Seldinger Technique Certificate Program for nurses, as well as educational programs to be offered at next week’s annual meeting of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA).

“Teleflex and Arrow are known for their ability to rapidly introduce innovative products and to educate practitioners on the technologies’ clinical advantages,” Dr. Bierman said. “Our partnership with Teleflex will speed the rapid adoption of The PICC WAND as the new standard of care for faster, safer over-wire vascular access.”

Ernest Waaser, president of Teleflex Medical, said: “We are excited about our partnership with Access Scientific to educate clinicians on the benefits of Accelerated Seldinger Technique and their innovative WAND technology. Today’s clinicians are seeking better solutions that provide easier and safer ways of obtaining venous access for their patients, and we are proud to be leading the way.”

The WAND is designed to reduce these risks, which include accidental needlesticks, bleeding, contamination, embolism, and loss of cannulation.