Tangent Medical Blog

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

Announcing Melissa Crabb as the Next 2014 Nurses Choice Awards Winner

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

May 15, 2014 6:14:00 PM

Melissa-Crabb-2014-NCA-Winner-psCongratulations to our fourth Nurses' Choice Award winner:
Melissa Crabb
ER Team Lead
JPS Health Network
Fort Worth, Texas

Nominator Jessica Cash, RN, recognized Melissa for her dedication to optimal patient care with a focus on excellence and safety. Here’s what she had to say…

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Topics: National Nurses Week, Nurses' Choice Awards

Elizabeth Bajc Takes the Third Winning Slot in the 2014 Nurses Choice Awards

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

May 14, 2014 11:54:00 AM

Elizabeth-Bajc-2014-NCA-WinnerCongratulations to our third Nurses' Choice Awards winner:
Elizabeth Bajc, BSN, RN
Staff Nurse, Medical Intermediate Care Unit
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Nominator Victoria Schirm, Director of Nursing Research, recognized Liz for her leadership and effective communications with patients, families and colleagues. Here’s what she had to say…

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Topics: National Nurses Week, Nurses' Choice Awards

Announcing Susan Steer as Winner #2 in the 2014 Nurses Choice Awards

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

May 13, 2014 4:11:00 PM

Susan-Steer-Nurses-Choice-Awardee

Our week is off to a strong start with the announcements of our finalists and winners for the 2nd Annual Nurses Choice Awards 2014. With an increase of 25% more nominations than last year, it was very difficult to choose our finalists and winners this year.

Congratulations to our second winner:
Susan Steer, BS, RN, CRNI
IV Therapy Team
Saint Clare’s Health System
Danbury, NJ

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Topics: National Nurses Week, Nurses' Choice Awards

Congratulations to Anna Martin of Sharp Coronado

Posted by Elyse Kemmerer White

May 12, 2014 1:53:00 PM

Anna-MartinToday begins the start of our week-long recognition for the finalists and winners of Tangent Medical’s 2nd Annual Nurses Choice Awards. This morning, we announced the 20 finalists of the Tangent Medical 2014 Nurses’ Choice Awards, five of whom will go on to become national winners and receive $300 in educational gifts. Each day this week, one recipient will be featured on our blog.

Congratulations to our first winner:
Anna Martin
Advanced Clinician
Sharp Coronado Hospital
Coronado, CA

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Topics: National Nurses Week, Nurses' Choice Awards

     

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