October 31, 2018 — Vygon, an international group specialized in single-use medical devices, and French company Sonoscanner announced the design and development of the VysionXS, a new ultrasound scanner dedicated to vascular access catheterization guidance.
Catheterization concerns more and more patients today. This is often done in a difficult environment of feeble patients. For these patients, any unnecessary or tiring intervention presents a risk. For example, placing a needle in tissues after simple anatomical identification, without being able to see the trajectory of the needle, implies a high risk of complications. Among others, these can be arterial perforation, hematoma, hemothorax or pneumothorax.
A recent international study1 showed the use of ultrasound imaging for catheter placement enabled:
- A significant increase in the rate of success on first try (85 percent success rate compared to 48.7 percent without ultrasound) ;and
- A considerable decrease in complications (4 percent compared to 13.5 percent), particularly concerning arterial perforations (0.8 percent compared to more than 5.9 percent without ultrasound guidance).
If the benefit of ultrasound guidance of needle insertion can be demonstrated, a study shows that for more than 22 percent of practitioners, the absence of ultrasound devices on the market is a major obstacle.
This is why Vygon and Sonoscanner worked together to develop the world's first ultrasound scanner dedicated to this use. Integrated into the ultrasound is a system of needle guidance enabling all types of health practitioners to operate in the best of conditions. Ready in just a few seconds, the VysionXS ultrasound is already used in more than 20 key reference centers in France and Western Europe.
1. Saugel B., Scheeren T., Teboul J.L. Ultrasound-guided central venous catheter placement: a structured review and recommendations for clinical practice. Critical Care, Aug. 28, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13054-017-1814-y