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Hickman Catheters

Hickman catheters – Large selection, great pricing and fast shipping at CIA Medical

We offer an extensive range of catheters and other medical products for use in healthcare facilities. Our team can provide you with the right information and access to the advanced medical solutions you need for your patients and your facility.

What Is a Hickman Catheter?

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute defines a Hickman catheter as a small, flexible tube that is inserted into the tissue of the neck or chest. This device is used primarily for patients receiving chemotherapy and stem cell transplants to deliver medications and to draw and transfuse blood. According to the National Institutes of Health, Hickman catheter applications are more affordable than some of the other alternatives and produce reliable results for most patients.

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How Does a Hickman Catheter Work?

Information compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies Hickman catheters as a type of central venous catheter. These catheters are placed into a large vein to allow delivery of medications directly into the bloodstream or to draw blood for testing and transfuse blood into patients.

Hickman Catheter vs. Other Catheter Types

Hickman catheters are placed on the right side of the chest or on the neck to provide the most direct delivery of medication to the bloodstream. Other types of catheter lines may be applied elsewhere or may be used for different applications in the healthcare industry.

Healthline notes that peripherally inserted central catheters, also known as PICC lines, differ from Hickman lines primarily in the area in which they are placed. These PICC lines are usually placed into a vein in the upper arm and are used to deliver chemotherapy drugs and other medications.

A Fogarty catheter is designed specifically to remove blood clots from arteries. It consists of a hollow tube with an inflatable balloon attached to the end, which can clear clots effectively in a less invasive way than traditional surgery.

The Foley catheter is a flexible tube with two channels that is used specifically to drain urine from the bladder.

Suppliers of Hickman Catheters

CIA Medical carries Hickman catheter options from top manufacturers that include the following:

  • C.R. Bard offers an extensive line of Hickman catheter products through CIA Medical. These products are designed to provide reliable and sterile delivery of medications or drainage of fluids for patients in the modern healthcare environment.
  • Edwards Lifesciences is a leading source for Fogarty catheters in the medical marketplace.
  • Cardinal Health offers a range of dressings, Hickman lines and drapes designed to help medical personnel manage patient care more effectively.
  • Kimble Chase manufactures Hickman molecular stills, tube capillaries and other medical supplies for hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities.

Sources for More Information

OncoLink has created a page that offers some basic information on Hickman lines for inpatient and outpatient use. Other good sources of information are available online, including the following:

  • This video by Emory University provides information for healthcare professionals on how to change the dressings on central line catheters from start to finish.
  • Macmillan Cancer Support has also created a video to explain to patients th process of having a central line placed to provide intravenous medications and fluids.

Why Choose CIA Medical for Your Facility?

The medical supply specialists at CIA Medical are proud to have served more than 25,000 satisfied customers, including the CDC, the White House, NIH, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force and the U.S. FDA. We offer fast quotes and competitive pricing with available white glove services upon request. Visit us online or call us today at (312) 275-5850 to request a quote. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.