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Knowing your IV Catheters III: The Next Generation of Safety

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

Sep 16, 2014 2:57:00 PM

NovaCath_IV_Catheter_SafetyAs we discussed in our last two posts, IV catheter technology has been evolving over time to meet increasing demands for improved safety.

OSHA holds a clear mandate to hospitals for protection of their employees:  “eliminate occupational exposure or reduce it to the lowest feasible extent.” (OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030 (d)(2)(i)) ) Eliminating occupational exposure to blood or reducing it to the lowest feasible extent is best achieved by using passive needle safety technology together with a closed IV catheter system, which offers complete blood control through the insertion and dwell time of that catheter.

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Topics: Blood Exposure, Closed system, Blood Control, Healthcare Worker Safety, IV Catheter Safety, OSHA Compliance

Knowing your IV Catheters II: Blood Containment vs. Blood Control

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

Sep 12, 2014 8:41:00 AM

blood_containment_IV_catheterThis is the second in a series of three blogs providing an overview of how peripheral IV catheter technology has evolved to meet increasing demand for safer medical devices that improve overall healthcare worker (HCW) safety. In our last blog, we discussed how the first generation of safety IV catheters focused largely on protecting HCWs from accidental needlestick injuries.  This blog will focus on how recent advancements in blood containment technologies have made improvements in overall HCW safety.

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Topics: Blood Exposure, Closed system, Blood Control, Healthcare Worker Safety, Multi-Access, IV Catheter Safety

Knowing your IV Catheters I: Standard Safety

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

Sep 9, 2014 10:51:00 PM

IV_CatheterThis is the first in a series of three blogs that explores the history of the peripheral IV catheter and how this technology has evolved over time to meet increasing demands for improved safety. Today, we will address straight safety IV catheters, and in subsequent posts will go on to straight safety IV catheters with blood containment and will conclude the series with closed IV catheter systems.
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Topics: Healthcare Worker Safety, IV Catheter Safety

NovaCath: Designed to Dwell

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

Sep 4, 2014 5:46:47 PM

blog-1In our last blog, we highlighted a recent JAVA article that calls out the importance of minimizing catheter movement at the insertion site to improve clinical outcomes for patients with peripheral IV catheters. We included a video that showed how NovaCath’s Advanced Catheter Stabilization can prevent catheter migration, or pistoning, of the catheter in and out of the insertion site during movement of the body part to which the catheter is affixed.

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Compliance: IV Catheter Stabilization

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

Sep 2, 2014 4:03:00 PM

IV_Catheter_StabilizationA recent paper published in the Journal of Vascular Access summarizes a panel discussion of infection prevention experts on the topic of improving peripheral IV outcomes. Among the key strategies identified, the panelists agreed on “the importance of stabilization to prevent movement in the insertion site and subsequent infiltration/extravasation and phlebitis.”

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Topics: Standardizing IV Practice, IV Stabilization, catheter migration

OSHA and Healthcare Worker Safety: Common Myths

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

Aug 15, 2014 3:14:00 PM

OSHA_Healthcare_Worker_SafetyIn 2010, OSHA released a Request for Information (RFI) on occupational exposure to infectious agents in settings where healthcare is provided. Although there are more than 16 million people who work in the broadly-defined healthcare industry, with 4.6 million of those in hospitals, OSHA received exactly 502 responses to its RFI.

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Topics: Healthcare Worker Safety, OSHA Compliance

IV Catheter Safety: A Seat Belt Analogy

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

Jul 31, 2014 7:06:00 PM

The other night I IV_Catheter_Safety_Analogywas watching a re-run of the entrepreneurial TV show Shark Tank and discovered a brilliant innovation in car safety called LifeBelt. We all know the statistics associated with unbuckled passengers. It’s not pretty: 43,000 people are killed in auto accidents each year in the United States; 63% of them were not wearing seat belts (data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

The inventor of LifeBelt came up with a way to add a sensor to every seat belt in a car. If the seat belt is not buckled, the car doesn’t start. What a clever invention and added layer of security. Without such a technology, the decision to use, or to not use, a seat belt is up to individual drivers and passengers each and every time they enter a vehicle.

This of course, makes me think of all the optional safety features currently available for IV catheters

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Topics: IV Catheter Safety

IV Infiltration: A Personal Story

Posted by Edie Chevalier, BSN

Jun 25, 2014 10:57:00 AM

IV_InfiltrationEarlier this week, my brother had to be taken to his local hospital Emergency Department for a suspected infection. He was accompanied by my sister because he is developmentally disabled and cannot communicate verbally. After being seen by a physician, he was prescribed IV fluids and IV antibiotics. After the IV antibiotics were nearly infused, alarms began to sound and my brother grew visibly uncomfortable. Despite the presence of alarms, no one stopped in to check on his IV. As it turns out, the entire bag of antibiotics had infiltrated into the tissue surrounding the insertion site.

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Topics: IV Stabilization, IV Infiltration

Touch Contamination and Peripheral IV Infections

Posted by Edie Chevalier, BSN

Jun 3, 2014 11:12:00 AM

touch_contamination_IV_infectionI was recently asked to provide a training class on IV Therapy for a group of clinicians with very different backgrounds and knowledge levels. As one might imagine, planning for this class presented something of a challenge. During my search for appropriate materials I headed to YouTube to find instructional videos on IV catheter insertion. I found plenty. I must have watched close to a hundred videos, most of them made specifically to educate healthcare workers. I watched everything from videos narrated and performed by physicians and nursing instructors in patient care settings or learning labs to one performed in a gravel driveway with the IV bag perched on top of the "patient’s" head.

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Topics: Touch Contamination, Preventing IV Infection

The Final Nurses' Choice Awards Winner is…Terri Campana

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

May 16, 2014 9:44:47 AM

terri_campana_2014_NCA_Winner-psCongratulations to our fifth Nurses' Choice Award winner:
Terri Campana, MSN, RN, CCRN
Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
Inspira Medical Center
Woodbury, NJ

Nominator Kimberly Plum, Nurse Manager MSICU/Perioperative Services, recognized Terri for fostering an environment that promotes positive patient outcomes, staff satisfaction and self-governance. Here’s what she had to say…

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Topics: National Nurses Week, Nurses' Choice Awards

     

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