LVADs: Minimizing Driveline Infections at Home

The previous blog of this 2‐part series focused on Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), including the prevalence of use, the types of patients treated, and the associated risks of LVAD‐associated infections. (View Blog 1 of 2) Part 2 of the series will focus on minimizing driveline infections once the patient goes home. LVADs have revolutionized…

3 Important Scar Management Guidelines

You may remember in the last blog, the considerable number of surgeries performed annually in the US was presented (51.4 million)1, along with the lack of patient satisfaction of scarring after surgeries. Data reviewed revealed that there was a significant amount of patient dissatisfaction with scarring after routine surgeries. Statistics showed that 91% percent of…

Containing Costs and Risks With Catheter Line Migration

The previous blog of this 2-part series focused on the importance of proper dressing removal, especially in oncology patients. We examined how the use of an adhesive remover with ports, PICC lines, and their associated dressings can help reduce the risk of damage to fragile skin in this patient population. (View Blog 1 of 2.)…

CRBSIs & Dressing Disruption: QI Initiatives Demonstrate Improved Adherence

Welcome back to the third in this series of blogs focusing on Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSIs). In the first blog, the importance of ensuring the integrity of medical dressings and devices over extended periods of time was reviewed (View Blog 1 of 3). Blog 2 of the series reviewed the clinical impact products compatible with…

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.…

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.…

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…

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,…