Intermountain adopts needle-free technology for blood draws

Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare is implementing a needle-free technology to improve the blood draw experience for inpatients across its 22 hospitals.

The implementation stems from a collaboration between Intermountain and the San Francisco-based startup Velano Vascular, which developed a single-use blood draw device called Pivo. The device connects to an indwelling peripheral IV catheter, allowing clinicians to extract blood without using a needle.

"Blood draws are critical, common elements in modern medicine, but they cause an unnecessary amount of anxiety, pain and risk due to the use of century-old technology and practice," said Kim Henrichsen, MSN, RN, Intermountain's senior vice president and chief nursing executive. "We are thrilled to offer a new standard of care that, over time, will help obviate the need for needles used for hospital blood collection. This commitment to standardizing draws will enhance quality for both patients and practitioners."

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