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Julie Mijatovich
CT starts with Intima catheters vs Nexiva

What type catheter do you use to start an IV for a CT scan with power injector?

Intima, straight catheter, Nexiva?


Julie Mijatovich,

Parkview Hospital

Fort Wayne, In

You will need to have a

You will need to have a statement from the specific manufacturers instructions for use stating that the specific brand of catheter can tolerate high pressure injections. I know that Nexiva can tolerate these pressures but I am not sure about the Intima. I do think that other brands such as Autoguard, ProtectIV, Introcan will tolerate these high pressures but you need to check with the manufacturer. Lynn

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

BD Nexiva’s power injection brochure

Here is a link to a brochure about using the BD Nexiva for power injection.

- The document lists maximum flow rates based on the Nexiva catheter gauge and type of contrast used.
- Do not use a 24 gauge catheter.
- Use an 18-22 gauge catheter

/Tess Hopkins

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