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No more needles to draw blood at Intermountain Healthcare facilities

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Intermountain Healthcare is setting a new clinical standard by reducing anxiety and risk for one of healthcare’s most common inpatient procedures.

Intermountain is the first health system in the U.S. to embark on a commitment to provide more humane inpatient blood draws across its 22 hospitals.

Intermountain has adopted a needle free technology from San Francisco-based Velano Vascular called PIVO™.  PIVO connects to an indwelling peripheral IV catheter, commonly used in hospitalized patients, and enables practitioners to extract blood from the vein. Following more than two years of clinical collaboration piloted at Dixie Regional Medical Center and Primary Children’s Hospital, the technology is now being used system wide.

Inpatient blood draws occur nearly 500 million times a year in the U.S. At the same time, 30 percent of the U.S. hospital patient population are considered “Difficult Venous Access” due to obesity, age and disease, making it even more challenging to collect blood samples.

“Following 15,000 PIVO draws on adults and children with no adverse events and overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients and caregivers alike, it is clear that we are together establishing a new standard of care,” said Todd Dunn, Director of Innovation in Intermountain’s Transformation Lab.

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