Most patients will require some form of vascular access care during their hospital stay. In fact, it has been reported that intravenous (IV) access is needed for 60%-90% of acute care patients seen across the nation.1 Best practice guidelines are followed to maximize quality of patient care. These guidelines recommend that all vascular access devices (VADs), including peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) and centrally inserted central catheters (CICC), be secured to prevent complications and improve outcomes. 2
Stabilization methods for vascular access devices strive to ensure device integrity, minimize catheter movement at the exit site, and prevent catheter dislodgment. These securement methods must also allow for easy and efficient site assessment. 3
Despite these securement guidelines, device dislodgement remains far too common an occurrence. It can happen in a variety of settings, including during dressing changes if the catheter is not properly secured. A survey of over 1,400 practicing clinicians revealed accidental dislodgement is seen in every setting, every device, and by every type of provider. 68% of clinicians reported observing accidental dislodgement either often, daily, or multiple times daily in their facilities. 4
Catheter dislodgement increases both complications and costs. Dislodgment complications include: 3
- Loss of vascular access
- Forced interruption of therapy
- Unscheduled VAD repositioning
- Increased patient discomfort
- Prolonged hopitalization
- Increased healthcare costs
Dislodgement directly impacts costs for healthcare facilities as well. The average cost to replace a catheter is approximately $1,000 in Interventional Radiology department. 5 Proper securement methods reduce the need for such catheter replacement. While there are a variety of options for securement of intravascular catheters, SecurAcath has been shown to be superior in reducing catheter dislodgement and associated costs.
Eloquest Healthcare is committed to providing solutions that can help improve catheter securement and decrease complications while reducing unnecessary costs. For more information about SecurAcath, please call 1‐877‐433‐7626 or complete this form.
Eloquest Healthcare, Inc. can partner with your institution to facilitate a Vascular Access Device Site Assessment to determine the state of vascular access device & dressing securement for patients in your facility, while providing you and your team with information on your facility’s infection risk, nurse efficiency, and potential product waste. Click here to request a Vascular Access Device Site Assessment today!
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