- Low recirculation
- High flow rates
- Polyurethane catheter material
- Unique tip design
- Over-the-wire placements
- AirGuard® valved PTFE introducer
- Straight or Alphacurve® Pre-Curved Configurations
- Available with preloaded stylet
Available sizes: 16 Fr.
The EQUISTREAM® XK 16 Fr. dialysis catheter offers the same advantages as the EQUISTREAM® 14.5 Fr. dialysis catheter plus:
- Offers flows of 500 mL/min on average even when 15%occluded due to larger inner-lumen area1
- Allows for flow rates of 500 mL/min with 29% lower pressures than the 14.5 F version1
Redefining Performance for Efficient Dialysis
- High flow rates of 500 mL/min on average1
- Recirculation <2% on average in forward and reverse when tested in-vitro3
- Right atrium placement allows for optimal flow, per KDOQI guidelines2
Split-Tip Technology Optimizes Flow
- Right atrium placement of both tips enabled by nested tip design2
- Alternate flow paths provided by 360° side holes
Ease of Access
- Easier over-the-wire placements with pre-loaded stylet
- Less chance of tip buckling due to nested tip design
- Reduced risk of air embolism with AirGuard® Valved Introducer
- 1 Blood pump setting using blood simulant.
- 2 NKF K-DOQI Guideline 12.
- 3 Data on file, Bard Access Systems, Inc. Bench test results may not necessarily be indicative of clinical performance.
Please consult product labels, IFU, and package inserts for any indications, contraindications, hazards, warnings, cautions, and instructions for use.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the EQUISTREAM® catheter family and the HemoSplit® catheter family?
The difference between the EQUISTREAM® catheter family and the HemoSplit® catheter family is the tip design of the EQUISTREAM® catheter. Both are offered in 14.5 Fr. and 16 Fr. sizes.
What French sizes does the EQUISTREAM® catheter come in?
14.5 Fr. and 16 Fr. sizes.
What is the flow rate of the EQUISTREAM® catheter?
Large lumens and non-restrictive inlet and outlet ports at tips enable flow rates of 500 mL/min‡ on average. In addition, the EQUISTREAM® XK catheters enable flow rates of 500 mL/min on average even when 15% occluded due to larger inner-lumen area.‡
What is the difference in pressure between the EQUISTREAM® (14.5 Fr.) and the EQUISTREAM® XK (16 Fr.) catheters when both are flowing at 500 mL/min?
Due to its larger inner-lumen area, the EQUISTREAM® XK catheter (16 Fr.) flows at 29% lower pressures than the EQUISTREAM® catheter.‡
What makes EQUISTREAM® split-tip catheters easy to insert using either the introducer sheath technique or over-the-wire technique?
The nested tip design. Straight EQUISTREAM® split-tip catheters also come with a preloaded stiffening stylet for easier over-the-guidewire placement.
What is recirculation?
Recirculation in dialysis catheters refers to the uptake of blood by the arterial lumen after it has already been dialyzed and ejected through the venous lumen. The ideal catheter should have zero recirculation to maximize the efficiency of the dialysis session.
What is the recirculation rate of the EQUISTREAM® catheters?
The rate of recirculation is less than 2% on average, in both the forward and reverse directions when tested in vitro†.
What insertion lengths do the EQUISTREAM® catheters come in?
Do the EQUISTREAM® catheters come in straight and pre-curved versions?
Yes. Our pre-curved version is called the Alphacurve® pre-curved catheter configuration.
What material are the EQUISTREAM® catheters made of?
The connectors (blue and red) are made from Delrin™ polyacetal, the extension legs from Tecothane™ polyurethane and the catheter shaft is made from polyurethane.
Do the EQUISTREAM® catheters have more than one inlet port on the arterial tip?
Yes. With the EQUISTREAM® catheters' arterial tip, blood intake is not limited to one inlet, but distributed around the tip by the two inlet holes - helping to maintain flow if the tip is partially blocked.
Do the EQUISTREAM® catheter standard kits and microintroducer kits come with the AirGuard® valved introducer?
Yes. All kits come with the AirGuard® valved introducer.
What makes the AirGuard® valved introducer so special?
The AirGuard® valved introducer is a "passive" device. This means that physicians do not have to remember to engage the valve during an insertion or to "squeeze" the introducer to prevent air embolism or blood loss.
Do EQUISTREAM® split-tip catheters come with a stylet?
All straight EQUISTREAM® split-tip catheters come with a preloaded stiffening stylet. This hollow-tube stylet stiffens the body of the catheter for easier over-the-guidewire placement. The stylet should never be used without a guidewire.
What cleaning agents are recommended for use on EQUISTREAM® catheters?
The Instructions For Use states that povidone-iodine, dilute aqueous sodium hypochlorite solution, chlorhexidine gluconate 4% or chlorhexidine gluconate 2% are the suggested antiseptics to use. These cleaning agents are for external use only.
Where should the tip of the EQUISTREAM® catheters be placed?
The EQUISTREAM® split-tip catheters are designed to facilitate the placement of the venous and arterial tips at the same anatomical location.
The EQUISTREAM® catheter Instructions For Use states to advance the catheter tip to the junction of the superior vena cava and right atrium or into the mid right atrium.
Are the cuff sizes for the EQUISTREAM® and HemoSplit® catheters the same?
† Data on file.
‡ Blood pump setting using blood simulant.
|5913190||Kit||16 Fr||Straight with preloaded stylet||19 cm||5 each/case|
|5913230||Kit||16 Fr||Straight with preloaded stylet||23 cm||5 each/case|
|5913270||Kit||16 Fr||Straight with preloaded stylet||27 cm||5 each/case|
|5913310||Kit||16 Fr||Straight with preloaded stylet||31 cm||5 each/case|
|5913350||Kit||16 Fr||Straight with preloaded stylet||35 cm||5 each/case|
|5913420||Kit||16 Fr||Straight with preloaded stylet||42 cm||5 each/case|
|5915190||Kit||16 Fr|| Alphacurve® Pre-Curved
|19 cm||5 each/case|
|5915240||Kit||16 Fr|| Alphacurve® Pre-Curved
|24 cm||5 each/case|
|5915280||Kit||16 Fr|| Alphacurve® Pre-Curved
|28 cm||5 each/case|
|5915310||Kit||16 Fr|| Alphacurve® Pre-Curved
|31 cm||5 each/case|
|Kit Components||Standard Kit|
|AirGuard® Valved Introducer - 16.5 Fr. x 13 cm||1|
|Dilator - 8 Fr.||1|
|Dual Lumen Catheter - 16 Fr.||1|
|Dualator® Vessel Dilator - 10-12 Fr.||1|
|Dualator® Vessel Dilator - 14-16 Fr.||0|
|Dualator® Vessel Dilator - 15.5-17.5 Fr.||0|
|Guidewire - 70 cm. x 0.038 in.||1|
|Guidewire Introducer Needle - 18 Ga.||1|