The Science of Superior Securement: CLABSI Risk Reduction

Proper securement is an important component of vascular access device care. There are many options available for securement of intravascular catheters, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The goal of these securement methods is to ensure continued device function and avoid complications associated with motion, such as phlebitis, thrombosis, and infection. Securement methods should…

Pathways to Patency

Pathway to Patency: Exploring the Challenges to Catheter Patency and the Technology to Help Reduce Them

Edward Korycka, RN has spent 20 of his 30 years in nursing specializing in vascular access. He is an active member of the Association for Vascular Access and Infusion Nurse Society, having served in various leadership positions. In his current role at Access Vascular, Korycka strives to improve patient outcomes by promoting training and support…

Test: Vascular Access Device Securement: Selecting the Optimal Option

Vascular Access Device Securement: Selecting the Optimal Option

Importance of Vascular Access Device (VAD) Securement Following VAD insertion, it is important to take measures to secure the device to the skin to decrease dislodgement risk and prevent catheter movement. Doing so also contributes to VAD longevity and functionality throughout the duration of treatment. The methods used to secure VADs, including peripherally inserted central…

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Fewer Dressing Changes: Better for the Patient and the Bottom Line

Frequent Dressing Disruptions Vascular access dressing disruptions occur frequently during vascular access device (VAD) maintenance, leading to premature dressing changes. This issue has been examined by multiple studies. According to a study undertaken by Timsit, et al., approximately 67% of central venous catheter (CVC) dressing changes are performed before the planned date.1 This can be…

Text: Gum Mastic: What is it and why do I need it for my vascular access dressings?

Gum Mastic: What is it and why do I need it for my vascular access dressings?

Are you struggling with maintaining intact vascular access dressings for up to 7 days as recommended by the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice? If so, consider the use of gum mastic to enhance dressing adherence!1 In the brief video below, S. Matthew Gibson RN, CRNI, VA-BC, CPUI shows the simple application process of Mastisol® Liquid…

Text: Improving Vascular Access Dressing Integrity Without Increased Skin Injury Risk

Improving Vascular Access Dressing Integrity Without Increased Skin Injury Risk

Maintaining Dressing Integrity to Prevent Infection Maintaining clean, dry, intact dressings over vascular access devices (VADs) is fundamental to site care. The 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice recommend that transparent dressings be changed at least every 7 days. However, if the dressing is disrupted ‐ meaning loose, wet, or soiled – the standards recommend…

Vascular Dressing Wear Time: The Gap between Guidelines and Practices

Vascular Dressing Wear Time: The Gap between Guidelines and Practices

Guidelines for Dressing Wear Time and Maintenance Guidelines for vascular access dressings focus on improving both wear time and dressing integrity. Maintaining intact dressings is important for preventing infection and minimizing risk of skin injury. It can also reduce unnecessary dressing changes and help wear time more closely match standard parameters. According to the 2021…

Device and Dressing Securement: Updated Practices Recommendations in the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

Device and Dressing Securement: Updated Practice Recommendations in the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

The newly released 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice (the Standards) has been substantially updated from the previous edition. Continuing to improve and standardize practice based on evidence improves patient quality of care and boosts efficiency at the same time. The Standards are rich with many new or refined practice recommendations, based on the ever-evolving…

3 Questions with Marcia Ryder, PhD, MS, RN

3 Questions with Marcia Ryder, PhD, MS, RN 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… vlog, Eloquest Healthcare is proud to feature…