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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Catheter to vein ratio and risk of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-associated thrombosis according to diagnostic group: a retrospective cohort study

ABSTRACT Objectives Determine the effect of the catheter to vein ratio (CVR) on rates of symptomatic thrombosis in individuals with a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) and identify the optimal CVR cut-off point according to diagnostic group. Design Retrospective cohort study. Setting 4 tertiary hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. Participants Adults who had undergone …

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Catheter to vein ratio and risk of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-associated thrombosis according to diagnostic group: a retrospective cohort study

Rebecca Sharp1, Peter Carr2,3, Jessie Childs4, Andrew Scullion5, Mark Young6, Tanya Flynn7, Carolyn Kirker8, Gavin Jackson9, Adrian Esterman1 Correspondence to Dr Rebecca Sharp; Rebecca.Sharp@unisa.edu.au Abstract Objectives Determine the effect of the catheter to vein ratio (CVR) on rates of symptomatic thrombosis in individuals with a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) and identify the optimal CVR cut-off point according …

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Improving IV dressing integrity

“We continued to collect postproject data of 30,049 vascular access sites including central line catheters and observed the same effectiveness of incorporating a gum mastic adhesive on dressing integrity” DeVries et al (2021). Improving IV dressing integrity Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate transparent vascular access dressings and the …

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How human life expectancy doubled in just 100 years

Throughout human history, the average life expectancy has remained relatively constant, sitting at around 35 years of age. Despite the changes in living conditions, fluctuations from that number were rare. It was only in the 18th Century that this number started to rise with the onset of industrialisation and the Enlightenment. Since 1920, with the …

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ECG for PICC tip positioning

“The application of ECGs in PICC tip positioning can improve the accuracy of catheter tip positioning and reduce the incidence of related complications” Yu et al (2021). ECG for PICC tip positioning Abstract: Aim: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the accuracy and safety of using the electrocardiogram (ECG) positioning technique to …

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Peripheral Vascular Harm Named a 2021 Top Patient Safety Concern by ECRI

A Common Procedure with Prevalent Complications Vascular access is the most common inpatient invasive procedure, with more than 300 million peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) sold in the United States each year to meet this demand.¹ Yet, this seemingly routine procedure has a failure rate of 35-50%.¹ Vascular access device failure can result in severe adverse events …

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INS Best Practices Include IV Insertion Site Protection & Joint Stabilization

Easy visual and manual assessment are key factors in selecting securement, IV insertion site protection, and IV therapy joint stabilization devices. Jun. 8, 2021 In our final installment of our review of the 8th edition of the Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (INS Standards), we cover recommendations from the best evidence-based research regarding IV …

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INS Standards Provide Direction on IV Insertion Site Selection & Attempts

In the second of their three part series, IV House look at recommendations for IV insertion site selection, device selection, and preparation. The 8th edition of The Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (INS Standards) compiles the best evidence-based research to help health care facilities standardize IV therapy practices. The strategies outlined below focus on …

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