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Interventional Radiology
May 1st, 2019

Reuniting patients with their families

In September 2014, Chuck, a Cook Medical sales representative, and his wife, Barbara, underwent a significant 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)—a hospital-acquired infection that occurs when a PICC or other type of catheter is contaminated by microbes. CRBSIs are just one of several potential catheter-related complications, but can be very costly and even life-threatening.

Barbara’s infected PICC had to be replaced. As a sales representative for Cook, 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 Cook Spectrum version of the catheter he was considering for Barbara,” he said. After speaking with Chuck, the physician made the decision to place a Cook Spectrum PICC, allowing Barbara to continue her treatment without interruption. Within two weeks, Barbara recovered from the CRBSI. The PICC stayed in place until it was no longer needed, and Barbara did not experience any further PICC complications.”

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Chuck, a Cook sales representative

On Mother’s Day 2019, Chuck and his family are celebrating two full years of Barbara being back home; she was an inpatient at a combination of hospitals, rehab, and long-term care facilities from September 2014 to May 2017.

“I got to experience first hand Cook’s ‘patient-first’ mentality,” he said, “It was also amazing to personally experience the impact of Cook Spectrum technology and Cook’s dedication to addressing this complicated clinical problem.”

For more information, as well as the complete Instructions for Use, please refer to the Cook Spectrum Turbo-Ject® Power-Injectable PICC product page.

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 healthcare 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.