During the most common procedure (seldinger technique) of CVC insertion, the catheter comes into direct contact with the skin as it enters into the vessel. These catheters have a 16.7% rate (5 in 30 patients) of bacterial surface contamination‡ which increases the risk of a CLABSI.
The CVC WAND offers the only air competent, peelable introducer sheath in the market. Since October 2008, CMC has deemed Intravascular Air Embolism a non-reimbursable event (a NEVER EVENT). The mortality rate from air embolism ranges from 23-50%‡.