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Centura Health becomes first health system in Colorado and Kansas to offer needle-free blood draws

November 6, 2019

Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, went live across 17 hospitals in offering needle-free blood draws for inpatients using the PIVO™ device from Velano Vascular. “This new technology is changing the face of how patients experience hospital care,” says Dawn Bloemen, Centura Health’s Emerging Technology Analyst. Blood draws are such a common component of a hospital stay, the associated trauma to patients has largely been overlooked – and while the results inform 70% of all clinical decisions, there has been little innovation in this procedure or related technologies in decades. “PIVO means we can get the blood we need from an already placed IV line, painlessly, avoiding some eight hundred and fifty thousand unnecessary needle sticks a year! It’s a game changer, and Centura is very proud to be leading the way towards a more comfortable hospital stay for our patients,” Bloeman adds.

Since the first implementation of PIVO at Littleton Adventist Hospital in October 2018 and then expanding the use of this device across the Region, Centura Health has successfully removed 382,433 needles from the workplace – not only making an impact to the patients, but also providing a safer environment to our staff.

PIVO works through a special connection at a patient peripheral IV line, enabling Centura Health caregivers to extract high quality blood samples directly from the vein, pain-free, without an additional needle stick.

“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.”  “Just last week we had an infant patient getting treated in our Emergency Department at St. Anthony North that needed labs drawn after the IV was inserted,” Bloeman stated. “The family was anxious, dealing with another young sibling while attempting to soothe the patient. Needless to say, this family was very relieved and appreciative when we were able to complete the lab draws without another poke, avoiding additional stress to an already stressful situation.”

Earlier this year Velano Vascular was named one of Fast Company’s 2019 Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Biotech for pioneering better blood draws. The PIVO device now being used in all Centura Health hospitals across Colorado and western Kansas.

Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible.

We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life.

For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.

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