HALYARD* Mini-BAL Sampling Catheter is a telescoping catheter that safely samples a patient’s lower respiratory tract secretions, giving physicians the data they need to make an accurate lung infection diagnosis and prescribe targeted antibiotic treatment.1

Using bronchoalveolar lavage as a tool to help diagnose lower respiratory tract disease has been shown to reduce both antibiotic usage and healthcare costs.2[1]

Since 2001, over 200,000 HALYARD* Mini-BAL Sampling Catheters have been produced, showing a history of safe use.

The HALYARD* Mini-BAL Sampling Catheter has a soft, directional tip that allows safe and quick retrieval of lower respiratory tract samples. This can help avoid the false negatives and false positives seen in an estimated 23% of endotracheal aspirate cultures.2 These secretions from the distal airway can help identify infectious pathogens of the lung for a microbiologically confirmed diagnosis.

Features and benefits include:

Procedure can be performed bedside in minutes by trained respiratory therapist or other trained clinicians
Directional tip allows right or left lung sampling
Maintains PEEP when used with supplied ventilator adapter
Features a soft, cushioned, radiopaque tip for safe sampling from the lower lung

American Thoracic Society Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Hospital-acquired, Ventilator-associated, and Healthcare-associated Pneumonia. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, V. 171, 388-416 (2005).
Fujitani, S, Cohen-Melamed MH, Tuttle RP, Delgado E, Yasuhiko T, Darby, JM. Comparison of semi-quantitative endotracheal aspirates to quantitative non-bronchoscopic bronchoalveolar lavage in diagnosing ventilator-associated pneumonia. Respiratory Care, November 2009 V. 54, No 11, 1453-1461.
Kollef MH, Ward S. The influence of mini-BAL cultures on patient outcomes: implications for the antibiotic management of ventilator-associated pneumonia. Chest 1998: 113(2); 412-420.
Yu VL, Singh N, Excessive antimicrobial usage causes measurable harm to patients with suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia. Intensive Care Med 2004:30(5): 735-738.
Ost, DE, et al. Decision analysis of antibiotic and diagnostic strategies in VAP. Am J Respir Care Med, 2003; 168(9): 1060-7.
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