How Does Spectrum Work?
All catheter tube extensions are labelled with port name, gage size and flush volume. Cook Medical’s Spectrum is available as a double or triple lumen catheter. Lumens should be pre-flushed prior to use and the catheters’ hydrophilic coating activates upon insertion into the vessel. Spectrum incorporates either two or three separate, non-communicating vascular access lumens within a single catheter body. This design reduces the need for multiple venipunctures or multiple stopcock configurations with single lumen catheters which may increase the likelihood that any individual catheter may become infected. Exit ports of individual lumens are separated by an appropriate distance in proportion to the catheter’s French size – Spectrum comes in French sizes 4.0, 5.0 and 7.0. Bruce Gingles, Global Vice President of Cook Medical’s Critical Care strategic business unit, says: “Healthcare-associated infections and catheter-related bloodstream infections receive ever more attention from the media