Originally Published: 2015-Apr-29
Since this was originally published the Accucath has become a Bard product.
As a disclaimer I do not currently receive any funding or support from Vascular Pathways (or Bard). The devices are purchased by the healthcare institution where I practice.
The Accucath device is a peripheral intravenous catheter that has an integrates coil tip wire to allow a seldinger type insertion technique. Think of your arterial catheters.
Theoretically this would allow you easier placement in smaller and more difficult vessels. It is also supposed to help you navigate through valves and avoid small side branches (all of which I have had experience with and it can be frustrating). This is a newer device and I have had good success with smaller vessels, however, we will see what happens as more difficult access cases occur.
Below is an instructional video on using the Accucath 2.25″ device for venous access.
I tend to capture an image of the wire in the vessel and the catheter in the vessel if I am able to based on the clinical situation. I also tend to document that the wire was removed intact, at least currently since this is a newer device in my institution.