1. Subcutaneous Engineered Stabilisation Device Introduction

Subcutaneous Engineered Stabilisation Device


  • Percutaneous catheters have historically been secured by a multitude of methods from suturing in place to the use of Adhesive Engineered Securement Devices (AESD’s).
  • SecurAcath eliminates sutures as no additional punctures are required to place the device.
  • SecurAcath remains in place for the life of the line with no additional securement methods required.
  • SecurAcath is licensed for adult and paediatric use including neonates and is gentle enough to be used on preterm neonates.


SecurAcath can be added onto any percutaneous catheter from size 3Fr to 12Fr, for example:

  • Vascular access lines: Midlines, PICC’s, CICC’s, FICC’s VasCath’s
  • Drains: Nephrostomies, pulmonary, biliary, EVD’s.

Benefits of SecurAcath


Minimises partial or total dislodgement

SecurAcath’s feet act like anchors reducing dislodgments.

Allows 360 degree site cleaning which may reduce line infections

With no fear of dislodgment; clinicians tend to be more thorough with cleaning.

Minimises catheter movement and pistoning, both contributory factors of CLABSI and thrombus formation

The line can push bacteria into the insertion site and repetitive movement of the line may cause mechanical phlebitis.

SecurAcath secures the line at the catheter skin junction.

Reduces the risk of Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury (MARSI) and increases patient comfort.

AESD’s rely on strong medical adhesives to hold the line in place.  Patients with sensitive skin, or those undergoing lengthy treatments, can react to these dressings causing pain and discomfort.  SecurAcath is secured subcutaneously.  The device is simply covered with a clear film dressing, which allows the skin to breath and is atraumatic when removed correctly.

Reduced dressing time versus standard AESD

AESD’s can be complicated to apply and remove and great care must be taken not to move the line during the process.  Care and maintenance of lines secured with AESD’s can be stressful and time consuming.

SecurAcath secures the line throughout the cleaning process with no fear of line movement.

Suitable for patients with compromised skin.

Patients with high levels of exudate, burns, diaphoresis or skin conditions that prevent AESD’s from adhering.  These conditions require adhesive free securement of the line.

Reduces costs, eliminates need for AESD costs.

AESD’s can be expensive and must be changed on a regular basis (often weekly).  One SecurAcath secures for the life of the line, eliminating the need for costly devices whilst reducing the environmental impact and waste.

SecurAcath is MRI conditional

MRI conditional means that the device poses no known hazards in a specified MRI environment .

SecurAcath is safe in MRI environments.

SecurAcath does not have sharp hooks, or claws!  Its has soft blunt flexible feet,  that sit comfortably in the subcutaneous layer of the patient’s skin where there are no pain receptors.

The feet cannot damage the line or blood vessels.  There are no sharp edges, the metal is laser cut and electro-polished so its very smooth and the feet have rounded ends.

This is an enlarged image of the feet compared against the guidewire that the placers use to insert the line.