Innovations in the Surgical Site Infection Prevention Bundle: How Early Adoption Can Improve Patient Outcomes

Eloquest Healthcare is excited to feature Gwen Borlaug, MPH, CIC, FAPIC! Gwen worked at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) as the Director of the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program and as an infection prevention epidemiologist. She launched a statewide public health initiative to reduce surgical site infections, using a surgical care champion to provide peer-to-peer…

Getting it Right the First Time: Reaching One Peripheral Intravenous Catheter (PIVC) Per Patient Visit With Lean Multimodal Strategy

Lee Steere (RN, CRNI, VA-BC) holds national certification in Certified Registered Nurse Infusion as well as Vascular Access Board Certification. An RN for 21 years, he is the Manager of IV Therapy Services at Hartford Hospital in Harford, CT. He co-chairs the hospital’s Medical-Surgical Clinical Value Analysis Committee and is a member of their HAI…

3 Questions with Kathleen Vollman MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN

Benefits of Improved Fundamental Nursing Care 3 Questions With… features some of the finest thought leaders in healthcare specialties such as Infection Prevention, Vascular Access, Surgical Care and more. These experts answer questions on the latest insights, evidence and current practices. For our newest 3 Questions With… Eloquest Healthcare is proud to feature Kathleen Vollman, MSN, RN, CCNS,…

Unplanned Extubations in the ICU Put Patients and Providers at Risk

ICU admissions in hospitals across the US have skyrocketed amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recent reports indicate that severe hypoxic respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation is the most common reason a COVID-19 patient is admitted to the ICU.1  While projections have varied widely, worst-case scenario estimates by the American Hospital Association cite a potential impact…

Top 5 Nursing Podcasts

Whether you’re on the go or trapped in the office, podcasts are a great way to consume content in a refreshing.  With a hectic schedule, nurses can certainly relate and enjoy the convenience of learning, laughing, and reflecting about their profession during their commute, while working on another project, exercising or even during their downtime.…

3 Questions with Gwen Borlaug MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Our newest edition of 3 Questions With… 3 Questions With… features some of the finest thought leaders in healthcare specialties such as Infection Prevention, Vascular Access, Surgical Care and more. These experts answer questions on the latest insights, evidence and current practices. For our newest 3 Questions With… Eloquest Healthcare is proud to feature Gwen…

The Neglected Catheter: Peripheral Vascular Access Device‐Related Infection: Clinical and Legal Perspectives

“Up to 90% of hospitalized patients can require a PVAD during their stay, however, greater than 60% of PVADs fail due to dislodgement, phlebitis, occlusion, infiltration, or infection.”¹ PVAD infections are so prevalent that the topic “Infections from Peripherally Inserted IV Lines” became number 9 in the ECRI Institute’s 2019 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns.…

Does a Patient’s Socioeconomic Status Influence Their Risk for SSI?

The access to, use of, and quality of health care can vary based on socioeconomic status, which can be measured by income, education, and/or occupation.1,2 Socioeconomic factors can be associated with various health outcomes, one of them being surgical site infection (SSI) which affects up to 5% of surgical procedures nationwide.3 However, the association between…

Top 5 Takeaways on Infection Preventionist Collaboration with the Surgical Team

Surgical site infection (SSI) is a significant postoperative complication that increases morbidity, mortality, and length of stay for surgical patients[1]. On average, 300,000 to 500,000 people develop SSI annually in the United States[1], with 3% of SSIs being fatal and an overall national cost of $10 billion per year[2]. Reducing the risk of SSI begins…