Wednesday Workshop Summary: Stop Struggling with Vascular Access Device Outcomes

Vascular Access is the most prevalent invasive medical procedure. While serious consequences can occur with this common procedure, ensuring optimal outcomes is possible. Matthew Gibson, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, CPUI recently presented a three-part Wednesday Workshop series, “Stop Struggling with Vascular Access Device Outcomes”. It is Matt’s mission to improve vascular access and infusion practices and…

Details

New Evidence on Improving Driveline Dressing Durability

Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Associated Complications LVADs are the standard of care for patients with advanced heart failure. LVAD placement is a relatively common procedure, with more than 2,000 LVAD implants recorded each year over the past ten years in the United States alone.1 Complications that LVAD patients may experience during treatment include severe…

Details

3 Questions with Jon Bell, RN, MSN, VA-BC

3 Questions with Jon Bell, RN, MSN, VA-BC 3 Questions With… features some of the finest thought leaders in healthcare specialties such as Infection Prevention, Vascular Access, Surgical Care and more. These experts answer questions on the latest insights, evidence and current practices. For our newest “3 Questions With…” vlog, Eloquest Healthcare is proud to…

Details

The Science of Superior Securement: Dislodgement Reduction

Vascular Access Device Securement and Dislodgement Most patients will require some form of vascular access care during their hospital stay. In fact, it has been reported that intravenous (IV) access is needed for 60%-90% of acute care patients seen across the nation.1 Best practice guidelines are followed to maximize quality of patient care. These guidelines…

Details

The Science of Superior Securement: CLABSI Risk Reduction

Proper securement is an important component of vascular access device care. There are many options available for securement of intravascular catheters, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The goal of these securement methods is to ensure continued device function and avoid complications associated with motion, such as phlebitis, thrombosis, and infection. Securement methods should…

Details

Pathway to Patency: Exploring the Challenges to Catheter Patency and the Technology to Help Reduce Them

Edward Korycka, RN has spent 20 of his 30 years in nursing specializing in vascular access. He is an active member of the Association for Vascular Access and Infusion Nurse Society, having served in various leadership positions. In his current role at Access Vascular, Korycka strives to improve patient outcomes by promoting training and support…

Details

Vascular Access Device Securement: Selecting the Optimal Option

Importance of Vascular Access Device (VAD) Securement Following VAD insertion, it is important to take measures to secure the device to the skin to decrease dislodgement risk and prevent catheter movement. Doing so also contributes to VAD longevity and functionality throughout the duration of treatment. The methods used to secure VADs, including peripherally inserted central…

Details

Sustainability in Healthcare: Small Steps Towards Big Change

Sustainability in Healthcare: Small Steps Towards Big ChangeHealthy People and Planet Healthcare facilities worldwide are taking steps to not only care for the health of their patients, but also the health of our planet. This is accomplished by using less, avoiding chemicals of concern, increasing waste reduction opportunities, or advancing energy and water efficiency. As…

Details

Putting the Standards into Practice…and Not Stopping There!

Michelle DeVries, MPH, CIC, VA-BC, recently gave a webinar titled “Putting the Standards into Practice… and Not Stopping There!” With more than 25 years of experience, Michelle is an expert in the field of infection prevention with a focus on vascular access. Here, we’ve summarized some of the main points of her presentation. View the…

Details