Midline Catheters: Past Present and Future

Midline Catheters: Past, Present and Future Midline catheters are multi-faceted devices that offer the potential for reduced complication rates compared to other vascular access options. Midline catheters may be appropriate for venous access in patients who: Need prolonged IV therapy Have challenging vascular anatomy due to age or medical history Recent dynamics in the healthcare…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…