Enhanced Pneumothorax Needle

Product No. #02230
NSN: 6515-01-655-9514
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The Enhanced Pneumothorax Needle (EPN) is designed with a hollow, closed-end stylet, spring-loaded safety tip housing a 14 gauge interior diameter catheter that is 8.6cm in length.

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Description

The Enhanced Pneumothorax Needle (EPN) is designed with a hollow, closed-end stylet, spring-loaded safety tip housing a 14 gauge interior diameter catheter that is 8.6cm in length.

The needle housing contains a color indicator showing when the safety tip retracts and the EPN is designed to stay in place. The cap is also a luer connector to allow for the rapid removal of air using a manual suction device (e.g. syringe) or the clearing of fluids from the needle (not recommended for use with a hemothorax).

The Enhanced Pneumothorax Needle was designed to overcome the shortfalls of the flexible catheter. The catheter was never designed for this purpose and as a IV catheter it is designed to become soft and pliable in the body. This fact makes it only a very temporary solution for a tension pneumothorax, one which will fail shortly after insertion as we have seen many times on the battlefield requiring multiple needles with an increase in misplacement and damage to the tissues.

Once the needle penetrates, the cannula will deploy and the blue indicator will click in the down position to show the operator that they are in the pleural cavity. Now the needle can be secured in place at the proper depth for transport. The needle will not collapse as is the case in the flexible catheter and there is no need to remove the needle until the patient is received in a higher level of care and definitive treatment is delivered.

Key features of the EPN over current pneumothorax needles include:

  • Improved success in resolving PTX and PEA (Pulseless Electrical Activity)
  • Rigid needle remains in place
  • No risk of cannula collapse or kinking
  • Positive indicator of correct placement in pleural space
  • Etched markings for depth control
  • Reduced sharps hazard

Specifications:

  • NSN: 6515-01-655-9514
  • Product Size: 6" x 0.8" round
  • Product Weight: 0.5 oz
  • Shelf Life: 7 years

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