Preparation and Collaboration are Key to a Successful Product Trial

Learning to apply vascular access products is only one part of a successful trial.   Sep. 14, 2021 Hospitals continue to look for ways to reduce patient harm by standardizing IV therapy practices, and adopting advanced products and technologies. These new products require trials where nurses can evaluate them to show their efficacy. With more …

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Gum Mastic: What is it and why do I need it for my vascular access dressings?

Are you struggling with maintaining intact vascular access dressings for up to 7 days as recommended by the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice?  If so, consider the use of gum mastic to enhance dressing adherence!1 In the brief video below, S. Matthew Gibson RN, CRNI, VA-BC, CPUI shows the simple application process of Mastisol® Liquid Adhesive, the …

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Sherlock 3CG tip confirmation and ventricular assist device

“The VAD significantly led to magnetic tracking system failure due to its electromagnetic interference during Sherlock 3CG insertion and significantly reduced the success rate of PICC insertions in the optimal position” Takakura et al (2021). Abstract: Recently, the Sherlock 3CG Tip Confirmation System, including a magnetic tracking system and an intracavitary electrocardiography guidance system, has …

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Prevention of occlusion of central lines for children with cancer: An implementation study

ABSTRACT Aim: Central venous access devices (CVADs) are vital medical devices to support the treatment of paediatric cancer, however device occlusion is common, which disrupts treatment. This study aimed to improve the identification and management of CVAD occlusions in children with cancer, as well as to identify the demographic, clinical and device characteristics associated with …

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Improving Vascular Access Dressing Integrity Without Increased Skin Injury Risk

Maintaining Dressing Integrity to Prevent Infection Maintaining clean, dry, intact dressings over vascular access devices (VADs) is fundamental to site care. The 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice recommend that transparent dressings be changed at least every 7 days. However, if the dressing is disrupted ‐ meaning loose, wet, or soiled – the standards recommend …

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Mechanical Circulatory Support: The Importance of Driveline Exit Site Care

Mechanical Circulatory Support to Manage Heart Failure Heart failure is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality that affects approximately 26 million patients worldwide, with rates continuing to climb.¹ Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is an intervention to manage heart failure, often serving as bridge to transplantation (BTT) by providing acceptable quality of life for patients …

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Vascular Dressing Wear Time: The Gap Between Guidelines and Practices

Guidelines for vascular access dressings focus on improving both wear time and dressing integrity. Maintaining intact dressings is important for preventing infection and minimizing risk of skin injury. It can also reduce unnecessary dressing changes and help wear time more closely match standard parameters. According to the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (the Standards), transparent semipermeable membrane …

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Celebrating 30 Years of Collaboration with Nurses on Product Design

    The TLC Splint® is designed to help stabilize the joint when an area of flexion is used during IV therapy infusion. See-through openings in the TLC Splints allow nurses to visually and manually assess the IV insertion site and surrounding tissue without removing the device. Recent nurse feedback led to product improvements to …

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