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Method and apparatus for introducing an intravenous catheter

Image Number 3 for United States Patent #6156010.

A method an apparatus for introducing an intravenous catheter. In one embodiment, a catheter having a flashback chamber is provided, the flashback chamber having a proximal end, a distal end and an inner wall. The distal end of the flashback chamber being in fluid communication with the catheter needle. A moveable member within the flashback chamber sealingly engages with the inner wall of the flashback chamber, the member being movable within the flashback chamber in a direction from the distal end to the proximal end of the flashback chamber. The movement of the member creates a vacuum within the flashback chamber.

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