Teleflex’s New Arrow®PICC System Aims At Zero Complication Catheter Placement

In short

Teleflex Inc., a familiar presence on the pages of Medlatest, has been granted FDA 510(k) clearance to market its pressure injectable Arrow® PICC, preloaded with the clever Arrow® VPS® Vascular Positioning System® Stylet.


Teleflex says its Arrow VPS replaces the need for confirmatory chest X-ray in the presence of a stable Blue Bullseye by using state-of-the-art, real-time intravascular Doppler, ECG and advanced algorithmic logic to notify the clinician that the catheter tip has reached the optimal location. The preloaded option apparently improves clinician ease of use for vascular navigation and catheter tip positioning.

The concept of preloading Arrow PICC is designed to benefit clinicians by saving the time and process of loading the stylet into the catheter. Clinically, the Arrow VPS confirms accurate catheter tip position in the lower 1/3 of the SVC-Cavo-Atrial Junction, which has been proven to reduce complications such as thrombosis.1

The device features a TaperFree™ body designed to ensure consistent French size along the entire length of the catheter.2, 3

In accordance with national recommended guidelines, the Arrow PICC powered by Arrow VPS Stylet will be available in an ergonomically designed, sharps safety, maximal barrier kit that reduces the risk of infection and accidental needle sticks at insertion.

Company comments

“We are dedicated to providing technologies for clinicians who strive to make zero complications in vascular care a reality,” said Paul Molloy, President, Vascular Division of Teleflex. “Providing clinicians with the Arrow VPS Stylet preloaded into the Arrow PICC is one of a series of new product introductions that demonstrates our continuous commitment to reducing vascular access complications and improving ease of use for clinicians.”


1. Cadman, A., Lawrance, J., Fitzsimmons, L., Spencer-Shaw, A., & Swindell, R. (2004). To clot or not to clot? That is the question in central venous catheters. Clinical Radiology 59, 349–355.
2. Trerotola, S, Stavropoulos, S, Mondschein, J, et al. Triple-lumen peripherally inserted central catheter in patients in the critical care unit: prospective evaluation. Radiology 2010;256(1):312-330.
3. Nifong TP and McDevitt TJ. The effect of catheter to vein ratio on blood flow rates in a simulated model of peripherally inserted central venous catheters. Chest 2011;140;48-53.

Source: Teleflex Inc.