Reply To: What PAC needles do you use on your unit?

  • Emily Karp

    January 15, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    This past year we also switched to the miniloc and Powerloc after
    several line breaks. The tubing is much more flexible and we have had
    a lot of success with it- they do not carry a 5/8 inch needle for our
    most superficial ports, but other than that once trained on the
    different techniques of the needles we have had a lot of luck. We also
    love the flatter profile with the butterfly needles.

    Emily Karp
    Primary Children’s Hospital
    SLC UT

    Original Message:
    Sent: 1/12/2023 3:18:00 PM
    From: Rachel Hernandez
    Subject: RE: What PAC needles do you use on your unit?

      Interesting…. We use these same needles and have has breaks at the needle and line.  When we have reported it to BARD they claim that we are having isolated incidents not seen at other facilities. Ours tend to crack at the top of the plastic or at the insertion of the tube into the needle casing. We have used this style for years and always liked them.  The breaks have been a more recent problem.  Following to see what others think.
    Thank you,

    Rachel Hernandez, BSN, CPON, RN
    Charge Nurse
    Valley Children’s Hospital
    Madera, CA
    Original Message:
    Sent: 10-26-2022 12:28 PM
    From: Ally Leary
    Subject: What PAC needles do you use on your unit?

    On our inpatient pedi unit we are stopping use of Bard Powerloc max style PAC needles due to multiple spontaneous breaks in the tubing. What style PAC needles do your inpatient peds units use (brand, make and model)?

    Thanks in advance,

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