Drawing blood without a needle? University Hospitals debuts new technology to reduce pain, discomfort for inpatients

-6fcc151d1c796f13In a medical world where devices and procedures are constantly changing, the process of drawing blood has remained painfully consistent: A doctor needs a sample, you get stuck with a needle. But at University Hospitals, inpatients might soon get relief from that universal rule.

The health system this week became the first academic medical center in the United States to begin using a needle-free device that allows doctors and nurses to collect multiple blood samples without repeatedly sticking their patients.

The PIVO system, developed by Velano Vascular, draws blood through a small plastic tube that is threaded through a patient’s IV catheter. No needle. No need to poke the patient.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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