New findings highlight the urgent need to reduce contamination risk through standardised, aseptic non-touch technique
A new clinician poll conducted by Nancy Moureau, RN, PhD, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC, has found that relatively few healthcare facilities have established a standardised process for maintaining proper aseptic non-touch technique during ultrasound-guided peripheral IV (UGPIV) insertion. The findings have important implications for patient safety.
A large majority (86 percent) of poll respondents said they understand the ultrasound transducer and gel are sources of contamination during UGPIV placement. But less than one-third said inserters at their facilities always use sterile probe covers or sterile gel in order to maintain proper aseptic technique. Only 39 percent said their facilities had established a standardised set of steps and policies regarding ultrasound-guided PIV insertions.
Read the poll findings here