Turkel Safety Needle for Pneumothorax

The new Turkel Safety Needle is a huge leap forward in pre-hospital pneumothorax treatment.
I’ve seen many occasions when a properly placed and secured IV cannula had closed
off in the musculature of the chest wall. Keep in mind a regular IV catheter is
very soft. It’s designed to ride inside a vein without doing damage, so it has
to be. I’ve also seen needle-decompression catheters arrive in the
ED never properly placed in the first place. This new device offers innovative solutions for many of the long-standing problems relieving a pneumothorax in the field.

Its Blunt Safety Cannula, housed within the sharp, beveled
hollow needle protects underlying tissue from inadvertent needle penetration.
It withdraws into the shaft of the needle during penetration actuating a visual
indication of correct placement. It has multiple side holes for easy drainage or
aspiration. The depth markings on the catheter help you continuously assess catheter location. The catheter is much stronger and engineered to resist collapsing after placement.

The Safety Color Change Indicator, located in the needle hub

  • Provides direct visualization
    of the safety cannula position as the needle is inserted

  • Turns Red as the safety
    cannula is withdrawn into the shaft of the needle

  • Turns Green as the safety
    cannula extends beyond the needle bevel

What
could be simpler? As you push it in it indicates Red and the instant you hit free-air it pops over to Green. It comes in an 8.5
fr. X 3.5”size, packaged sterile and ready for immediate use. It even includes
a built-in stopcock for convenient attachment of a one-way air valve.

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About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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