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Vascular Access

Medical Device Coatings for Vascular Access

Vascular access devices are employed to access the vascular system of the body.  These devices are utilized across a variety of clinical areas to administer medications, deliver nutrients, provide therapy or obtain blood for testing.

A wide range of vascular access devices can benefit from Harland technologies including…

  • Peripherally inserted central cathetersCentralCat
  • CVC catheters
  • Peripheral intravenous catheters
  • Hemodialysis catheters
  • Implantable ports
  • Huber needles
  • Vascular grafts
  • Introducers
  • Stylets
  • Vascular access guidewires

Benefitting from advanced surface performance

  • Lubricity – placement of vascular access devices is aided by reduced surface friction.
  • Infection reduction – vascular access devices often remain implanted in the patient over an extended period of time.   As a result, infection is always a risk.  Devices with antimicrobial properties have been a major driver of growth in the vascular access market.
  • Blood compatibility –Because vascular access devices often experience extended periods of blood contact, hemocompatibility is an important surface property.   Active coatings can help minimize the thrombin formation on the device surface.

Harland surface enhancement technologies meet these needs with up to date coating technologies.

Harland’s Lubricent®  family of hydrophilic coatings provide exceptional friction reduction along with state-of-the-art durability and low particle generation.

Bacticent® antimicrobial coating provide flexible delivery of proven infection fighting drugs, delivered to where an infection is most likely to occur.

Automated Coaters and Test Systems

Harland offers six families of automated coaters which can apply nearly every coating technology in commercial use today.  Systems to coat as few as one part at a time up to large-scale systems designed to coat tens of millions of parts a year.

Working With Us
Access to these technologies is simple, direct and results in a comprehensive coating program.  Partnering with Harland you will experience…

Open collaboration
Harland encourages close participation in understanding coating objectives, development of the exact balance of properties to meet these objectives and a complete validation process to ensure your coating is fully ready for production either at your plant or in Harland’s own Coating Services facilities.

Simple business model
Harland’s coating technologies are accessible through a simple supply agreement and do not require the added cost and time associated with a royalty-bearing license agreement.

Stage-gated process
Harland’s Start Now™ step-wise process is designed to move your program swiftly and efficiently through to commercial completion all the while giving you complete visibility and control of the process.


Harland Products and Services

Coating technologies

Coating process development

Automated coating and testing systems

Manufacturing services

Related Organization  (click to view their website)

Association for Vascular Access