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September 19, 1959

VALUE OF INDWELLING CATHETERS IN INTRAVENOUS THERAPY: DESCRIPTION OF NEW NEEDLE AND CATHETER SET

Author Affiliations

Salt Lake City

Instructor, Division of Anesthesiology, University of Utah (Dr. Gritsch) and Assistant Professor and Director, Division of Anesthesiology, University of Utah, and Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Salt Lake County General Hospital (Dr. Ballinger). Dr. Gritsch is now at the Department of Anesthesiology, Universitaetsklinik, Anichstrasse, Innsbruck, Austria.

JAMA. 1959;171(3):281-286. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010210033010
Abstract

A newly available disposable sterile needle and catheter set, the Deseret Intracath, consists of a thin-walled needle through which a self-contained polyethylene or polyvinyl catheter may be passed into a vein by manipulation through a sterile plastic sleeve attached to the needle at the factory. After the catheter has been passed, the hub of the needle provides the connection to the intravenous apparatus when it is withdrawn from the vein and pulled over the flanged proximal end of the catheter. This unit has now been used in over 500,000 cases. It satisfies equipment needs for copious and/or prolonged intravenous therapy in patients with accessible veins.

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