Interrad Medical, Inc., of Plymouth, Minn., has received clearance of its SecurAcath peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) with Subcutaneous Securement System, which deploys a small anchor in the subcutaneous tissue just beneath the skin to hold an indwelling catheter securely in place.

Currently, catheters are secured on the surface of a patient’s skin with sutures or adhesive devices. The SecurAcath System is designed to improve catheter placement by decreasing catheter maintenance time, reducing infections through better cleaning of the catheter exit site, and minimizing catheter motion, decreasing skin surface issues, and eliminating needle-stick injuries that may occur during the suturing of catheters.

Joe Goldberger, Interrad’s president and chief executive officer, commented, “The first placements of the SecurAcath PICC will begin shortly, followed by worldwide commercialization.” In addition to the current system for PICCs, the company is developing a stand-alone SecurAcath device that can work with all  central venous,  dialysis, and drainage catheters.

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