Mickey Hawes Clatterbridge Study Interview

Mickey Hawes Clatterbridge Study Interview In this 3-minute interview, Mickey Hawes, RN, DNP, CRNI, VA-BC, ACRP-CP discusses a 2023 article published in the Journal of Vascular Access, “A retrospective study of subcutaneous anchor securement systems in oncology patients”, also referred to as “The Clatterbridge Study”, and what it means for patients with a peripherally-inserted central…

Unlocking the Power of Vascular Access Teams: A Strategy to Reduce Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections

Unlocking the Power of Vascular Access Teams: A Strategy to Reduce Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections The reduction and ultimate prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) is a key step to improving overall inpatient outcomes. And specially trained vascular access clinicians are key to making that reality possible. Bloodstream infections are a life-threatening challenge to the patient…

Study Shows Improved LVAD Dressing Integrity for Heart Failure Patients with Gum Mastic Liquid Adhesive

Study Proves Gum Mastic Liquid Adhesive Enhances LVAD Dressing Integrity Heart failure is a growing public health issue, and for those with advanced or end-stage heart failure, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are a true technological lifeline. Alongside heart transplants, LVADs have become the standard of care for patients with advanced heart failure, serving as…

Hospital Onset Bacteremia (HOB): Let’s Talk About Reporting

Hospital Onset Bacteremia (HOB): Let’s Talk About ReportingGuest Author:  Michelle DeVries MPH, CIC, VA-BC, CPHQ, FAPIC For several years there has been a lot of chatter about potential future expansion of bloodstream infection surveillance to move beyond only Central Line-Associated Bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and expand to include all hospital onset bacteremia (HOB).  As this gets…

Wednesday Workshop Summary: Growing a Vascular Access Specialty Team (VAST) – One Step at a Time

Wednesday Workshop Summary: Growing a Vascular Access Specialty Team (VAST) – One Step at a Time A vascular access specialist model has proven to reduce healthcare acquired complications including catheter-associated infections.1 A specialty team approach also is supported by evidence-based guidelines.2 Despite the evidence for improved patient safety, not all hospitals have a dedicated Vascular…

Vascular Access Device Pistoning: The Problem and Solution

Vascular Access Device Pistoning: The Problem and SolutionGuest Author: Michelle (Mickey) Hawes, RN, DNP, CRNI, VA-BC, ACRP-CP Pistoning is a term used in the vascular access specialty to describe the small, repeated movement of a peripheral vascular access device (PVAD) or central venous access device (CVAD) in and out at the insertion site.  Movement may…

Nurses Love Tape But It Can Be A Sticky Situation To Remove It

Nurses Love Tape But It Can Be A Sticky Situation To Remove It Medical adhesive products are a critical tool in healthcare. Across virtually every medical specialty, the use of adhesives facilitates better securement of dressings and medical devices. Proper device securement is particularly important in vascular access, where the overarching goal is to provide…

How to Perform an LVAD Driveline Dressing Change

How to Perform an LVAD Driveline Dressing Change The following steps summarize how to perform a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) driveline dressing change with use of Mastisol® Liquid Adhesive and Detachol® Adhesive Remover, as demonstrated by Abigail Vowels, RN, BSN. Vowels is the Circulatory Device Program Leader at Dignity Health/Mercy General Hospital. In this…

2022 Year in Review

As 2022 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 that we invite you to visit… One of our favorite…

Mastisol ≠ Medical Adhesive – Related Skin Injury (MARSI)

The Importance of Skin Integrity Maintaining skin integrity is an important part of infection prevention throughout patient care. Skin is the body’s first line of defense, acting as a barrier to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the body. When this barrier is disrupted, pathogens can enter through the site of injury and cause infections.1 Skin…