Pathways to Patency

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…

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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…

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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…

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3 Questions with Edward Korycka, RN

3 Questions with Edward Korycka, RN 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 feature Edward…

Text: IV Nurse’s Day: Recognizing the Infusion Specialty

IV Nurse’s Day: Recognizing the Infusion Specialty

In celebration of IV Nurses Day taking place this week on Tuesday, January 25th, we felt it timely to review our favorite 3 Questions with… vlog segments including notable thought leaders in the world of vascular access. If you’re not familiar, 3 Questions with… features some of the finest thought leaders in healthcare specialties answering…

Text: The Vascular Access Jamboree: Collaborate – Observe – Improve

The Vascular Access Jamboree: Collaborate – Observe – Improve

The majority of hospitalized patients can expect to receive an IV catheter during their hospital stay. In fact, peripheral IV placement is the most common invasive procedure performed worldwide. Yet, it is well documented that IV failures and complications remain unacceptably high.¹ Facilities must address these issues to improve patient quality of care. Observation through…

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2021: Year in Review

As 2021 ends, we would like to thank you for reading the Eloquest healthcare Blog!  We hope you have found our posts during the last 12 months to be both informative and impactful to your professional career.  Here are some of the past year’s highlights… One of our favorite posts of the year arrived in…

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Fewer Dressing Changes: Better for the Patient and the Bottom Line

Frequent Dressing Disruptions Vascular access dressing disruptions occur frequently during vascular access device (VAD) maintenance, leading to premature dressing changes. This issue has been examined by multiple studies. According to a study undertaken by Timsit, et al., approximately 67% of central venous catheter (CVC) dressing changes are performed before the planned date.1 This can be…

Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI) Causes and Prevention

It is well known that the use of medical adhesives is associated with potential skin damage during a variety of procedural and treatment courses, including vascular access. This skin damage can present as medical adhesive-related skin injury (MARSI). MARSI prevalence was examined in a study undertaken by Farris, et. al, to determine the scope of…