Lake Forest Hospital Among Handful In World To Offer PIVO™ Needle-Free Blood Draws
To improve the patient experience for one of the most common medical procedures, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital became the first hospital in Illinois to offer PIVO needle-free blood draws.
For as many as one-third of hospital patients, blood draws aren’t a quick and easy part of the healthcare experience.* Difficult venous draws can cause pain, anxiety, disrupted sleep when patients must be woken up for another blood draw, and other undesirable side effects. But innovation in this area hasn’t occurred in decades — until recently, when a new device changed the way blood can be drawn.
In July 2019, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital became the first hospital in Illinois and only the eighth healthcare provider in the world to offer PIVO, a needle-free, single-use, sterile device that enables high-quality blood collection through existing IV lines. By temporarily attaching to a peripheral IV catheter, PIVO can go past valves that would ordinarily restrict blood flow collection.
* Whalen M, Maliszewski D, Baptiste DL. Establishing a dedicated difficult vascular access team in the emergency department. J Infus Nurs. 2017;40(3):149-154. doi:10.1097/nan.0000000000000218.