- Joint Commission approved sterile barriers and antimicrobial insertion packages virtually eliminate the risk of catheter infection both before and after insertion.
- Practice the policy and procedures of The Association for Vascular Access.
- Practice the policy and procedures of The Infusion Nurses Society.
How it Works
Once it is determinted that one of your patients needs vascular access and an order has been written by your doctor, call First Response at 866-604-0911.
- Your call is now logged into our system
- A text message is sent to all our nurses
- You receive a return call from our nurse
- Patient information is gather and recorded
- Nurse is on the way to place line
PICCPeripherally Instered Central Catheter
- Our PICC and vascular access procedures are CDC and Joint Commission compliant, and can be completed in a wide variety of clinical settings. We adhere to evidenced-based practice standards outlined by IHI, CDC, Infusion Nurses Society and the Association of Vascular Access. This requires state-of-the-art ultrasound techniques and precise tip location with catheters manufactured by the market leader in vascular access devices. Each PICC includes maximal sterile barriers, anti-microbial sterile dressings, needleless connectors specifically designed to address intraluminal thrombotic catheter occlusions and catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI), sutureless stabilization and a local anesthetic for additional comfort during insertion.
MidlineFor when a PICC is not needed
- Midlines are perfect for simple, non-caustic IV infusions and therapies lasting three days to four weeks. Midline insertions are performed using the same techniques and attention to detail used with our PICC and peripheral port insertions. Because midlines are not central lines, X-ray confirmation is not needed. A word of caution: midlines are meant for short-term IV use, and should never be confused with a PICC or central line. As with all extended peripheral IV's, staff education for midline care and maintenance outside our patient services is recommended.
Plasmapheresis LinesTherapy of autoimmune disorders
- Plasmapheresis lines are used in the therapy of autoimmune disorders, where the rapid removal of disease-causing autoantibodies from the circulation is required in addition to other medical therapy. These are temporary lines placed for short-term therapies.
Infusion Support and ReferralsPhysician and Home Care Referrals and Support
- First Response offers support and referrals to Home Infusion specialists to ease the patient transition from hospitalization to their specific outpatient therapies.
Central Line Care and MaintenanceKeeping your lines clean
- Our nurse provide extensive training on the care and maintenance of all the lines they place. If at anytime a line stops working or is damaged you can call and one of our nurses will provide support.
Ultra-sound Guided IV InsertionFor those with a history of difficult access
- First Response performs ultrasound-guided IV insertion in all of our contract facilities. This high-tech procedure is perfect for those with a history of difficult, painful IV access, chronic hypertension or diabetes. Ultrasound-guided IV insertion minimizes the physical and emotional trauma of multiple IV attempts by allowing visual confirmation of the vein for maximum accuracy.
X-Ray and Doppler Ultrasound
Optimal catheter tip placement
- Optimal catheter tip placement is critical for the efficacy and efficiency of catheter-based infusion therapy. Along with traditional X-ray confirmation we can use Doppler Ultrasound and Intravascular ECG that measures multiple physiological parameters to provide real-time navigation, we now treat with confidence, knowing that your patient’s catheter is accurately placed each time.