In 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.