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cacurtisi
ECG guidance

Is anyone familiar with the Alphacard by Bbraun? Dr. Pittiruti (from Italy) talked about it at the AVA conference.  I have talked with several people at Bbraun who don't know anything about it.  I have e-mailed Bbraun in Germany-no response as of yet.  Does anyone know if it is available in the US.  I have used the Pacerview, which is a VERY ECONOMICAL way to check tip position.  The Pacerview rights have been sold.  I don't know if it will be available in the future. Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.  Chris C Mesa, Arizona

lynncrni
I am not surprised that the

I am not surprised that the US B Braun people do not know about a product that is being sold in Europe. And I would not expect a reply to a US person from a European company. The FDA rules for marketing and selling any device in the US are very strict and reputable companies do not breach those processes. Lynn

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

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

nancymoureau
ECG guidance

I received the same response as in lack of information on US availability from B Braun both in person with European reps and US reps. B Braun just does not know and no one covers that device in the US. Can't seem to get anyone interested in checking on it in the US. Vygon.Advanced Medical also has the Vygocard which is a similar device but looks like a stopcock/manifold. Hoping they will make that available in the US. The pacerview is definitely off the market, in my opinion, in an effort to reduce competition from cheaper devices.

Nancy Moureau

PICC Excellence, Inc.

Nancy L. Moureau, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC

PICC Excellence, Inc

 

Glenda Dennis
ECG guidance

I am distressed and angry regarding what seems to me to be rather predatory practices from a major producer of PICC products that bought Pacerview.  I also believe that you are correct Nancy, the Pacerview, a simple, cost effective product has been removed from the market in an effort to force us to buy much more expensive technology that is not essential.  A simple way to see the changes in the "p" wave as the picc tip advances is all that is required.  The effort to reduce healthcare costs is once again thwarted by greed.

cacurtisi
ECG guidance

Thank you for the responses.  I did get an e-mail response from Bbraun in Germany, looks like they forwarded my inquiry to a gal in PA who then said they have no information, and no one for me to contact for more information.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get something like this into the US?  With the climate of healthcare right now it makes sense, if we can do these without  those systems that cost thousands of dollars! I will make an attempt to contact the other company that Nancy was referring to, but have a feeling that will lead to the same end.

Regards,

Chris C Mesa, AZ

 

lynncrni
The categories of medical

The categories of medical devices and how those products come into the US market are discussed in my chapter, Intravenous Equipment, in the new textbook, Infusion Nursing- An Evidence-Based Approach. Manufacturers spend months, even years, and millions of dollars getting products into the US market. You can get an idea of the process in that textbook, Lynn

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

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

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