US-based medical equipment firm Centurion Medical Products has introduced its new kit 'smART' for radial arterial catheterisation.
The kit includes an armboard, fenestrated drape, Centurion radial arterial line, ClearShield saline syringe and Centurion SorbaView SHIELD.
The kit is claimed to impact the hospital arterial line placement protocols and budgets by reducing procedure preparation time, eliminating wasted materials, and improving new methods that may minimise the risk of infection.
Centurion president and chief executive officer Tom Archipley said: "Our most effective products are the direct result of collaboration with doctors and nurses, and the smART kit is a perfect example of that.
"There were a handful of stock kits on the market, but very few had everything a clinician needed to prep the patient and place and secure the line, from start to finish.
"We listened to what they said and simply developed a smarter kit.
"It has everything the clinician needs to perform the procedure and is tailored to the hospital's protocol, which reduces infection risk, streamlines the process and eliminates wasted materials and money."
The adjustable armboard that can be used for quick wrist positioning, replaces rolled towels and tape of a traditional stock tray.
The dual-perforated fenestrated drape generates a maximal barrier while decreasing the risk of accidental disruption of the line, and the Centurion radial arterial line features removable guidewire and DualFlash technology to quickly confirm flashback and prevent transfixation of the artery.
While the ClearShield sterile saline syringe eliminates the possible field contamination that could be caused by a non-sterile flush, the patented SorbaView SHIELD securement dressing is meant to secure the line and preserve the site.