RightGuage Ultrathin Blood Draw Needle Size
The Vacutainer® UltraTouch also utilizes a RightGuage ultrathin wall that enables phlebotomists to use a smaller gauge with the same amount of flow. These thinner walls enable phlebotomists to use smaller blood draw needles suitable for more veins while also improving filling times compared to a similarly gauged traditional needle. This can be important for a patient with veins that may be difficult to access. See how the new 25-gauge needle tube fill time compares to a traditional set on BD’s website.
Push Button ButterFly Needles
The last push button feature on the new Vacutainer® also features a single-handed, in-vein activation feature that uses a spring-loaded mechanism to retract the needle after the blood has been drawn. BD claims that this mechanism reduces accidental needlesticks by 88%. This is a useful feature because the old system of venipuncture required the phlebotomist to manually retract and secure the needle, increasing the risk for accidental sticks. An accidental stick can cause hematomas, a bruise from blood draw procedures and pain in arm after blood draw procedures.