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Feature Preventing CLABSIs: the importance of training
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Our VISTA™ training program offers you a variety of collaborative learning opportunities such as lectures, discussion, and hands-on training.

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Spectrum® technology

Cook Spectrum PICCs are the only PICCs with a 1A recommendation from the CDC for helping to reduce CLABSIs/CRBSIs. Find more information at

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Enteral connectors

Get the latest information on the push towards a new level of enteral connectors.

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Biodesign® Enterocutaneous Fistula Plug

Offer a new alternative to patients who have enterocutaneous fistulas, even after standard treatments have been tried.

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September 4th, 2017

When the Affordable Care Act came into effect in 2010, it introduced the Pay-for-Performance (P4P) Program, which consists of three main categories—the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, and the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program—to evaluate hospitals and incentivize them to provide more affordable, more efficient, and safer patient care. In this post, we focus on…

August 31st, 2017

In honor of National Liver Awareness Month (October), we are encouraging everyone to read Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic – Fatty Liver Disease.1 The American Liver Foundation recommends Skinny Liver as a great source of information for preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).2 While alcohol abuse and…

May 31st, 2017

This year, Cook Vista® is offering several different courses in which Cook’s liver access sets are the focal point. Both the Rösch-Uchida Transjugular Liver Access Set (RUPS) and the Ring Transjugular Intrahepatic Access Set (Ring) are used for transjugular liver access in diagnostic and interventional procedures. “I want to learn more about using the Rösch-Uchida Transjugular…

May 31st, 2017

Detach with precision. The Retracta coil is a detachable .035 inch diameter coil that’s fully retractable¹ and based on platinum Nester® coil technology. Using a screw mechanism, the Retracta coil remains firmly attached to the delivery wire until you detach it, even if you push the detachment zone out of the catheter. Under fluoroscopy, the change in…

May 2nd, 2017
Cook Clinical Specialist Jared

According to the CDC’s Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011, an important part of preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) is to “educate healthcare personnel regarding the indications for intravascular catheter use, proper procedures for insertion and maintenance of intravascular catheters, and appropriate infection control measures to prevent intravascular catheter-related infections.”[1] The…

November 30th, 2016

Editor’s note:  On November 6 of 2016, interventional radiology lost one of its true pioneers, Dr. Constantin Cope. Dr. Cope’s contribution to the IR community will be forever felt through those who had the privilege of his training and mentorship. Certainly his work lives on through the many innovations that have changed medicine and patient…

October 10th, 2016

Did you know?  Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the buildup of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. Sedentary lifestyles and Western diets are contributing to an increasing incidence of NAFLD. Read about the epidemiology and natural history of NAFLD. The top three leading causes of death in patients with…

April 18th, 2016

The Cook Medical clinical specialist team is here to provide training for your vascular access needs. Over the past six years, Cook Medical has assembled a highly qualified clinical specialist team. Comprised of four nursing professionals with a combined 114 years of clinical nursing experience, the team was created to help educate our customers about…

March 30th, 2016

Dr. Josef Rösch, who pioneered important new medical techniques and interventional procedures, passed away early this year at the age of 91. Some of his innovations include the use of embolization to control gastrointestinal bleeding and the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedure. “Cook has had the pleasure and the wonderful opportunity to work with…

January 4th, 2016

On October 1, 2015, the U.S. healthcare system transitioned from the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9) code set to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10). Available on the Cook website is an ICD-9 to ICD-10 crosswalk for select procedures in which Cook devices are used. This master list includes coding information that…

December 14th, 2015

In September 2014, a Cook sales representative, Chuck, and his wife, Barbara, underwent an ordeal when Barbara was hospitalized with a serious illness. First, she contracted a sepsis infection caused by a displaced feeding tube. Barbara then had another setback when her peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), which was inserted to administer medicine and draw…

December 9th, 2015

Catheter-related and central line-associated bloodstream infections (CRBSIs/CLABSIs) hurt. They hurt patients by putting their lives at risk, increasing their length of hospital stay, and causing untold stress and anxiety. CRBSIs/CLABSIs also hurt hospitals by harming their reputations and Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) scores, and putting them at risk for federally mandated penalties that can have a…

November 2nd, 2015

Cook Vista will host a workshop led by Dr. Steven Citron and Dr. Kei Yamada titled “Techniques for Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) Placement.” The course will be held on December 11-12 in Atlanta. The TIPS procedure is one of the most difficult interventional radiology procedures. During a TIPS procedure, interventional radiologists use image guidance to make…

August 19th, 2015

Efficient and effective (94.2% accuracy) Using the Transluminal Biliary Biopsy Forceps Set and a novel “cross and push” technique to maintain access with the wire guide beyond the biopsy area, Dr. Prashant Patel, Dr. Balaji Rangarajan, and Dr. Kamarjit Mangat have achieved 94.2% diagnostic accuracy. They have published their results in CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology….

June 25th, 2015

A feeding tube enables people who can’t eat normally—due to injury, oral cancer, or another short-or long-term illness—to get the food and nutrition they need via a tube fed into the stomach through the abdomen. To honor Feeding Tube Awareness Week, we are sharing this video of patients who live with a feeding tube, as…

June 17th, 2015

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Dr. Cesare Gianturco’s invention of the “wooly tail” embolization coil. In this video, interventional radiologists Dr. Fred Keller, Dr. Ernest Ring, and Dr. Fritz Angle talk about Dr. Gianturco’s legacy and the impact of this revolutionary coil. Dr. Fred Keller, Dr. Ernest Ring, and Dr. Fritz Angle are not…

June 17th, 2015

We are especially excited about providing unique learning opportunities for GEST attendees. Dr. Vincent Vidal, from Marseille, France, is presenting a talk titled Emborrhoid: Embolization of the Superior Rectal Arteries—A New Challenge for IR (moderated by Dr. Marc Sapoval, from Paris, France). We are also featuring our Retracta® Detachable Embolization Coil, Detach 18® Fibered Embolization…

June 12th, 2015

At the 2015 SIR scientific meeting, Robert J. Lewandowski, MD, FSIR, presented an update on degradable drug-eluting particles. According to Dr. Lewandowski, “The next generation of degradable embolic particles offers an enticing advancement for interventional radiologists. Patients (and referring physicians) will no doubt find it appealing to mitigate long-term/lifelong foreign body implantation. “Regardless of improved…

May 8th, 2015

Cook will be at the 2015 Infusion Nurses Society Annual Convention and Industrial Exhibition May 16-21 in Louisville, Kentucky. We’re excited: to have the opportunity to help nurses better understand our full range of vascular access solutions to let nurses know about our maximal sterile barrier beside tray, which, together with our Spectrum technology, helps…

May 8th, 2015

Detachable Retracta coils are great for embolization procedures that require very precise deployment. In the above video, according to Dr. Charles Kim (Duke University School of Medicine) and Dr. Constantino Peña (Miami Vascular Specialists), using detachable Retracta coils in combination with pushable Nester®, MReye®, and Tornado® embolization coils can help cut down on procedural costs….

April 21st, 2015

  Dr. Sven Ivar Seldinger (1921-1998), the Swedish radiologist who invented the “Seldinger technique” for percutaneous entry into the vascular system, would have been 93 this April. The technique, which provided an alternative to many more invasive procedures, revolutionized medicine in many ways. We’re proud to honor Dr. Seldinger’s life and legacy.   Caption: The…

March 23rd, 2015

We are proud that our long-time collaborator on biopsy needles, Kieran Murphy, MD, FSIR, was recognized at the 2015 SIR annual meeting with a Leader in Innovation Award. Dr. Murphy worked with Cook to develop the Osteo-Site® Murphy Coaxial Bone Biopsy Needle Set, the Osteo-Site Diamond Bevel Bone Biopsy Needle Set, and the Osteo-Site Murphy…

February 16th, 2015

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner. Thousands of doctors, residents, and fellows will converge in Atlanta, GA, from February 28–March 5 to attend sessions, participate in hands-on workshops and network with colleagues to discuss the latest procedures in patient care. This year, we will be focusing on…

January 15th, 2015

What do you do? I am the regional manager for the Intervention Radiology (IR) business unit for Germany, Austria and the German-speaking part of Switzerland and Hungary. How long have you been with Cook? I began working for Cook over a decade ago in 2003. I started out as a sales rep for Diagnostic and…

August 29th, 2014

In September, we’ll join 1,400 vascular access professionals at the Association of Vascular Access (AVA) annual scientific meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. With top nurses from across the country presenting topics covering everything from ultrasound guided access to advancing a practice, we thought we’d reach out to one of our own to find out just…

August 18th, 2014

In 2010, a diagnosis of testicular cancer interrupted Austin Detra’s college swimming career and his studies at Mesa State University in Colorado. Part of his treatment included the use of a Cook implantable port. After this experience, Austin had to reset his life and move on. We had a chance to catch up with him…

August 15th, 2014

Last month, three Interventional Radiologists spent time at our headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. When physicians come to Cook, we like to take them through the manufacturing plant to show them how the products they use every day are made. They often comment that the most meaningful part of their visit is the chance to meet…

June 24th, 2014

Sometimes it’s nice to have options, especially when it comes to providing the best care for patients, each with their own needs and challenges. For vascular access, part of that care means being able to have the right PICC for any treatment and every patient. The physicians and facilities of Premier, the US’s 2nd largest group purchasing…

May 29th, 2014

What do you do? I’m the senior global product manager and the team leader for Embolic Therapies. How long have you been with Cook? I started at Cook as an intern and took a full-time position in marketing in 1999. So, I’ve been at Cook for almost 15 years. I’ve been in my current position…

May 5th, 2014

May 6 kicks off National Nurses Week 2014 and we’re ready to celebrate! Nurses support each and every medical specialty and serve as experts in their fields. Maybe none more so than in the field of Vascular Access, where nurses are not only placing lines, but working tirelessly to come up with new and better ways to provide…

April 28th, 2014

At GEST (Global Embolization and Technologies) 2014, prominent physicians will present on topics such as uterine fibroid embolization and pelvic congestion syndrome. GEST is an international congress that brings together premier interventionalists to discuss innovative techniques and advancements in embolization technologies.

April 24th, 2014

People who have a feeding tube or care for someone with a feeding tube are part of a passionate and involved global community. That’s why we’re excited to share this news. The new Entuit™ Thrive Balloon Retention Gastrostomy Feeding Tube is now available in the United States. The feeding tube is part of the new…

March 25th, 2014

Depending on the patient, reaching distal and tortuous anatomy can be a challenge. This is why we are excited to introduce two new solutions for targeting and treating challenging anatomy – the high-flow .027 inch ID Cantata® Microcatheter and the .016 inch Alight® Microwire. Both products can be shaped by hand, even the all-nitinol Alight microwire. They also exhibit…

March 14th, 2014

The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner. Thousands of doctors, residents, and fellows will converge in San Diego, CA from March 22 -27 to attend sessions, participate in hands-on workshops and network with colleagues to discuss how “IR is here.”

February 19th, 2014

Learning is one thing. Hands-on experience led by an expert in the field is something completely different. Our fellow’s training events are just that; hands on training with a skilled expert in the specialty. Fellows get the opportunity to meet other fellows, connect with practicing IRs, learn about new products, share best practices and ultimately…

February 10th, 2014

With a company the size of Cook, chances are that our patients and their caregivers could also be our coworkers and friends. Scott, a trainer in Cook’s fitness center, is the Dad of a 13-month-old “tubie.” In preparation for Feeding Tube Awareness Week, Scott shared his thoughts on caring for an adorable little guy that…

November 14th, 2013

Did you know that 54 lives are lost everyday in the U.S. because of catheter-related bloodstream infections? That’s 54 people who are family members, colleagues and friends. When these infections are preventable, we want EVERYONE to know. You may ask, “Why would you spend more than 15 years spreading the word about a technology called…

March 1st, 2013

Healthcare Purchasing News, a publication for supply chain leadership, recently featured Cook Medical’s antimicrobial-impregnated central venous catheters. Dan Sirota discussed Cook Spectrum® technology with journalist Susan Cantrell and explained both the patient and financial impact of using Spectrum.

February 13th, 2013

Physicians are problem-solvers at heart. Those physicians who were working with pacemakers began to see the need for removing leads, and saw the risks to the patient associated with the methods being used. Several physicians began to tinker and identified the first challenges that needed to be overcome in the procedure: Stability, binding scar tissue,…

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