pilot® TLS ECG Catheter Tip Location System  

pilot® TLS ECG Catheter Tip Location System

7th September 2018

Providing accurate, real-time central venous catheter tip placement.

pilot TLS ECG technology provides immediate feedback on CVC tip placement, enhancing both patient and clinician satisfaction by minimising exposure to X-ray radiation and enables consistent and optimal CVC placement in both the acute and non-acute settings.

  • Versatile: Can be used with any brand of  PICC, short and long term CVC and Implantable Port
  • Portable: A small, lightweight device that can be used in acute and non-acute settings
  • Simple: Provides clear indicators of P Wave changes. The focus is on accurate P wave interpretation in order to facilitate navigation of the line during the insertion procedure and rapid tip location confirmation

How does it work?

pilot TLS technology focuses on the P wave for establishing accurate CVC and PICC tip location. Incorporating several real-time features designed to improve P wave interpretation, the effectiveness of pilot is further enhanced by a clear and accurate ECG waveform at all stages of the insertion procedure. Focusing on this waveform provides clinicians with the confidence to accurately interpret changes in the P wave and therefore ensure accurate placement.

Clinical support

A number of studies have consistently demonstrated that interpretation of the P wave is the most accurate and reliable way of determining both CVC tip location and accurate navigation of the line during the insertion procedure.

A recent study conducted by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, compared both ECG technology and X-ray for establishing CVC and PICC-tip location. The study concluded that:

Results of recent studies on ECG guidance’ challenge national guidelines that all CVCs and PICCs should have a

“post-procedural chest X-ray to confirm tip position”

Further highlighting that using X-ray in comparison to ECG is…

“expensive, inaccurate, dependent on the skill of the skill of the interpreter, [and] exposes the patient to potentially unnecessary radiation.”

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