CHG compatibility and CRBSI Reduction: Does it Matter?

The last blog began a 3-part series focusing on catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). We saw that as vascular catheter use has increased, bloodstream infections have become a costly complication of health care. We also reviewed how preventing dressing disruption with Mastisol Liquid Adhesive® reduces the likelihood of dressing displacement and minimizes the risk of infection.…

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CRBSIs: Reduce Infection Risks by Maintaining Integrity of Vascular Access Device Dressings

This is the first of a 3-part series focusing on catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). As catheter use increases, bloodstream infections (BSIs) resulting from intravascular catheters have become a costly complication of health care. To start, the terms CRBSI and central line–associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) are often used interchangeably to describe intravascular device (IVD)–related bloodstream infections.…

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Procedure Kits: Where Common Sense Makes Financial Sense

PROCEDURES WHERE KITS HELP Vascular Access Devices PIV Starts CVC Insertion PICC Lines Epidurals Dressing Changes Surgical Procedures In our last blog, we reviewed how standardization of procedure kits can help your facility by increasing overall compliance to best practices. Yet another advantage of procedures kits is the financial benefit. A case in point is…

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Procedure Kits Help Drive Compliance Best Practices

Most likely, your practice has standard operating procedures to ensure consistency and quality of care. In fact, an article in Modern Healthcare cited that 30% of inefficiencies in our healthcare system today are driven by a lack of standardization and a lack of care coordination.1 In the pursuit of creating “best practices” in your facility,…

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SSI Guidelines – What’s New and What’s Not

In May of this year, the CDC published an update on Surgical Site Infections (SSI) Guidelines 1. This followed a 6-year partnership with the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), whose clinical experts provided feedback and input. Although it was the first update on these guidelines by the CDC in nearly 18 years, and greatly…

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 A Lesson in On-Demand Educational Resources: What every nurse should know about social media

Eloquest Healthcare welcomes guest blogger, Elizabeth Campbell, RN, MSN, CRNI.  Liz has over 20 years’ experience in IV therapy. She is currently the Presidential Advisor of the New England Chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society. Liz recently completed an appointment to the National Council on Education for the Infusion Nurses Society.  Her passion is teaching the art of infusion…

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Introducing ReliaTect Post-Op Dressing

Eloquest Healthcare recently introduced ReliaTect™ Post-Op Dressing featuring BeneHold™ CHG Adhesive Technology. ReliaTect is the post-op dressing that integrates the antimicrobial properties of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), the practicality of absorbency, and the convenience of transparency. THE ANTIMICROBIAL POST-OP DRESSING WITH ABSORB&SEE ReliaTect has convenience features for staff1: ABSORBS EXUDATE to protect against dehydration and facilitate…

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Antimicrobial Dressings: The Silver Mystique

As mentioned in our last posting, SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections in the US.1 If you happened to have missed it, read it here. Accordingly, efforts to reduce SSI rates have led to the development of post-op dressings with antimicrobial agents impregnated within the dressing. These dressing inhibit the…

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SSIs and Post-Op Dressings: What’s Missing?

You might remember from our previous blogs that certain measures, like surgical site infections (SSIs) are penalized in multiple programs of the Affordable Care Act—in the Value-Based Purchasing Program as well as the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program. View Blog #2 and Blog #3 here. SSIs are the most common and costly of all hospital-acquired infections…

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CAUTI Prevention: A Nurse-Driven Quality Improvement Study

As posted previously, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established penalty measures for the performance of acute care hospitals. In fact, some measures are penalized in multiple programs1,2: VALUE-BASED PURCHASING PROGRAM (VBP) – For more information about the VBP Program, see our previous blog.  HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED CONDITIONS (HAC) REDUCTION PROGRAM – For more information about the HAC…

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