3 Questions with Kayla Jordan, BSN, RN, VA-BC

3 Questions with Kayla Jordan, BSN, RN, VA-BC, Manager, Vascular Access Services at HCA Healthcare Tristar Division “3 Questions With…” is a video series showcasing thought leaders in healthcare specialties like Infection Prevention and Vascular Access. These experts provide insights, evidence, and best practices in response to pressing questions in their fields. Eloquest Healthcare is…

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…

New Study Comparing Benefits of SecurAcath to Adhesive Securement Devices

New Study Comparing Benefits of SecurAcath to Adhesive Securement Devices Last month, the findings from a peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) securement study at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in England were published in the Journal of Vascular Access by authors Carol McCormick, Mickey Hawes and Gregory Gilbert. The article expanded on the data set first…

Does the Securement of Drains Matter?

Does the Securement of Drains Matter?Guest Author: M.L. Hawes, DNP, CRNI, VA-BC, ACRP-CP Consider:  What is the difference between a vascular access round-tube in a vein to infuse life-saving medications or a drainage round-tube to relieve the body of excess life-ending fluids?  Both round tubes need to be secured to accomplish the therapeutic goal. Drains…

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…

Evidence-Based Strategies for Cost-Effective Occlusion Management

Evidence-Based Strategies for Cost-Effective Occlusion ManagementGuest Author: Lee Steere, RN, CRNI, VA-BCNurse Manager, IV Therapy Services, Hartford Hospital Eloquest Healthcare is excited to welcome Lee Steere RN, CRNI, VA-BC to the Eloquest Healthcare Blog! Lee Steere, RN, CRNI, VA-BC has been leading the IV Team at Hartford Hospital for nearly 20 years. At his facility,…

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…