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Interventional Radiology
December 14th, 2015

Infections hurt patients


In September 2014, a Cook sales representative, Chuck, and his wife, Barbara, underwent an ordeal when Barbara was hospitalized with a serious illness.

butler articleFirst, 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 blood, triggered a catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI)—an infection that occurs when a PICC or other type of catheter is contaminated by microbes.

Barbara’s infected PICC had to be replaced. As a sales representative for Cook’s Peripheral Intervention division, Chuck knew that Cook Spectrum® PICCs provide proven protection against CRBSIs. Although a Cook Spectrum PICC would not cure Barbara’s CRBSI, it could help prevent another infection from occurring once it was placed.[1]

“I spoke with the doctor and showed him the Spectrum version of the catheter he was considering for Barbara,” Chuck said. Cook quickly provided the doctor with a Cook Spectrum PICC, allowing Barbara to continue her treatment without interruption. Within two weeks, Barbara recovered from the CRBSI.”

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Chuck, a Cook sales representative

“The Cook Spectrum catheter is still in place, helping to protect against another CRBSI,” Chuck said. “Our family is very grateful for the people who make Cook products.”

Learn more about how bloodstream infections hurt.

Refer to the Spectrum Turbo-Ject PICC product page for more information and the complete Instructions for Use.

Barbara is not a paid consultant for Cook Medical.

This story reflects the experience of one individual. Every PICC placement procedure is unique, and results may vary for patients. Information included in this article should not be used as the basis for any treatment. Consult a licensed health care professional for diagnosis and treatment. All story content is provided by the patient, who is not paid or compensated in any way by Cook Medical.

[1] Ramritu P, Halton K, Collignon P, et al. A systematic review comparing the relative effectiveness of antimicrobial-coated catheters in intensive care units. Am J Infect Control. 2008;36(2):104-117.