Reply To: PAC Needle brand and style

  • Sharleen Sawicki

    January 11, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Ally!

    I am sorry you are experiencing these challenges with the Powerloc Max needles. 

    We were having this same issue a year or so back and in fact had 11 kids that experienced the tubing breaking. 

    We have since moved to the MiniLoc and Bard PowerLoc, both are the butterfly style needle. We have not had issues with tubing breaking since then. 

    There was a bit of a learning curve with the nurses because the technique of accessing is a little different with this style needle than what they were used to. 

    Hope this helps!

    Sharleen Sawicki,
    RN, BScN
    Clinical Nurse Educator
    McMaster Children’s Hospital
    Hamilton, ON
    Original Message:
    Sent: 01-11-2023 01:45 PM
    From: Ally Leary
    Subject: PAC Needle brand and style

    We continue to have breaks in the tubing with Bard Powerloc Max PAC needles. It has happened 6 times in the last 3 months at our facility on different toddler-aged patients.
    We are looking to discontinue use of the Bard Powerloc Max needles due to this major safety issue and utilize a different brand/style needle instead.

    What brand/style PAC needles do your facilities use?

    Ally Leary, BSN, RN, CPN
    Eastern Maine Medical Center
    Inpatient Pediatrics
    Bangor, ME