(ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) (Feb 26, 2019) – Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is now the first hospital system in Colorado, and among the first in the nation, to offer needle-free blood draws for inpatients using the PIVO™ device from Velano Vascular. Earlier this month, Velano was named one of the world’s Ten Most Innovative Companies in Biotech by Fast Company.
Traditional needle-based blood draws create fear and anxiety in nearly every patient and can present heightened risks for injury and infection by health care practitioners. Even worse, the very act of collecting blood using needles is growing increasingly challenging as the number of patients with age, weight or disease related complications rises.
“As the region’s largest health care provider, we are committed to innovation on behalf of the half a million patients and the tens of thousands of providers that tend to their health and wellbeing within our hospitals every year,” said Shauna Gulley, SVP and Chief Clinical Officer of Centura Health. “We are proud to be the first health system in the region and one of the first in the country to challenge the need for needles in blood collection, upending a status quo that creates unnecessary pain, anxiety and risk.”
Nursing teams from across Centura Health have partnered with supply chain management to adopt this new, more humane standard of care as part of its ongoing commitment to a higher quality of care and improved patient and practitioner safety. The PIVO device is currently in use in several of Centura Health’s Denver metro area hospitals and will become available at other hospitals throughout the year as part of our system-wide rollout and commitment to better care.
Velano Vascular’s revolutionary PIVO device connects to an indwelling peripheral IV line, enabling Centura Health caregivers to extract high quality blood samples directly from the vein. Centura Health is the first to make this award-winning, human-centered technology available to patients in Colorado and Kansas.
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