Pitfalls of Catheter Securement: The Dressing (Part 2)

S. Matthew Gibson’s webinar “Pitfalls of Catheter Securement: The Dressing (Part 2)” explores different modalities and efficacies of catheter securement, identifies common causes of securement failure, and emphasizes the difference between stabilization and securement. Gibson also reviews the INS best practice recommendations for vascular access device and dressing securement, delving into the benefits of gum mastic…

Evidence‐Based Products and Practices Facilitate the Pivot to Telemedicine

Evidence‐Based Products and Practices Facilitate the Pivot to Telemedicine

Pivoting to Telemedicine Throughout the COVID‐19 pandemic, social distancing and reducing in‐person interactions have been essential to decrease viral spread. The healthcare industry has largely pivoted to telehealth per CDC recommendations, conducting clinical visits via virtual methods and operating in‐person facilities at restricted capacity. Doing so reduces unnecessary patient contact and exposure.¹ In order for…

3 Questions with S. Matt Gibson, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, CPUI by Eloquest Healthcare

3 Questions with S. Matthew Gibson, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, CPUI

3 Questions with S. Matthew Gibson, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, CPUI 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…

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…

Modern Vascular Access with Dr. Jack LeDonne – Recommendations to Improve Site Care & Maintenance

Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) are deadly, associated with 12 to 25% mortality among the critical care patient population.1 Published guidance for preventing CRBSIs recommends a bundled approach for eliminating known risks. Multiple organizations, including the CDC, have published evidence based guidelines for preventing CRBSIs.2 However, little has changed regarding device care and maintenance. Jack LeDonne,…

Improving Vascular Access Dressing Integrity with Gum Mastic Adhesive

Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) occurrence is arguably 100% preventable, yet central venous access device (CVAD) related infections have a 12-25% mortality rate in the ICU setting1. One to 2 of every 8 patients who develop CLABSI don’t survive. In the webinar, 18 Months of Sticking to it: Dedicated team site care using gum mastic…

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…

Stories from the Community Meet Swapna Kakani: Short Bowel Syndrome Warrior

Swapna Kakani was diagnosed at birth with a rare chronic disease, Short Bowel Syndrome. For 27 years, Swapna has lived with supplemental intravenous nutrition and a feeding tube (from 0-24 she had a gastrostomy tube and from 24 onwards she has had an ileostomy). She has undergone several surgeries at multiple hospitals throughout the United…

Stories from the Community Meet Isabelle Edwards: Type 2 Diabetes & Gastroperisis Warrior

Isabelle Edwards is known across the internet as the Diabetes Diva, and if you ever have the privilege of meeting her, you will understand why! Isabelle lives with Type 2 Diabetes, but her enthusiasm for life, her kindness, and her glamour are what you remember after spending time with her. She is a fierce advocate…

Stories from the Community Meet Emily Levy: Lyme disease, POTS, CIDP, and Hashimoto’s Warrior

When Emily Levy was a sophomore in college, she was diagnosed with neurological Lyme disease and required a PICC to facilitate her treatment. This PICC was the first of many vascular access devices Emily has depended on and, unfortunately, Lyme was only the first of many diagnoses to come. Despite facing long term illness and…