Educational Webinars

Maureen Spencer, M.Ed, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC Infection Prevention Consultant

Implementing an Evidence-Based Standardized Post-op Dressing Protocol to Improve Patient Outcomes

Post-operative dressings are a vital part of the healing process to prevent exogenous contamination and potential for infection. Surgical care should include how the operative incision will be protected in the post-op period. Optimizing post-operative dressing change protocols and procedures leads to reduced variation with standardization. This webinar will describe risk factors that lead to surgical site infections, the financial burden as a result of lack of standardization and the importance of establishing a post-operative group to develop dressing protocols and procedures with input from surgeons and other members of the perioperative team.

Live Air Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021 Length: 90 Minutes

Vascular Access Jamboree: A 'How to Guide'

Step 3 – Post-Implementation Monitoring

Nearly all hospitalized patients can expect to receive an IV catheter during their hospital stay. It has been well-documented that IV failures and complications remain unacceptably high. Observation through bedside rounding is an effective strategy to highlight issues that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

One large, urban community hospital has been successful in bringing together unit-based staff, nursing leadership, nursing professional development, clinical nurse specialists, infection prevention, as well as industry partners – the Jamboree team – all with the shared goal of improving vascular access outcomes through routine monthly rounding. This series will break this process down into 3 short presentations with actionable take-aways.

Step 3 – ‘One and done’ is not a pathway to lasting change.This presentation will discuss why routine monitoring is important to ensure sustained results. Strategies on how to complete this efficiently will be discussed.

Live Air Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 Length: 30 Minutes

Vascular Access Jamboree: A 'How to Guide'

Step 2 – Collecting Data & Implementing Change

Nearly all hospitalized patients can expect to receive an IV catheter during their hospital stay. It has been well-documented that IV failures and complications remain unacceptably high. Observation through bedside rounding is an effective strategy to highlight issues that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

One large, urban community hospital has been successful in bringing together unit-based staff, nursing leadership, nursing professional development, clinical nurse specialists, infection prevention, as well as industry partners – the Jamboree team – all with the shared goal of improving vascular access outcomes through routine monthly rounding. This series will break this process down into 3 short presentations with actionable take-aways.

Step 2 – Routine observation will highlight trends and uncover issues. However, often such issues are at the intersection of several different products. What then? An example of a pilot trial and successful intervention will be discussed.

Original Air Date: July 28, 2021 Length: 30 Minutes

Vascular Access Jamboree: A 'How to Guide'

Step 1 – Where to Start?

Nearly all hospitalized patients can expect to receive an IV catheter during their hospital stay. It has been well-documented that IV failures and complications remain unacceptably high. Observation through bedside rounding is an effective strategy to highlight issues that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

One large, urban community hospital has been successful in bringing together unit-based staff, nursing leadership, nursing professional development, clinical nurse specialists, infection prevention, as well as industry partners – the Jamboree team – all with the shared goal of improving vascular access outcomes through routine monthly rounding. This series will break this process down into 3 short presentations with actionable take-aways.

Step 1- Getting started is the hardest part! Establishing clear goals and objectives, roles to invite, tools, resources, scheduling considerations and more will be addressed in this brief presentation.

Original Air Date: July 14, 2021 Length: 30 Minutes

The VAST Difference: Growing a Vascular Access Specialty Team (VAST) Using Data That Demonstrates Reduction in Waste & Variability

The Vascular Access Specialty Team (VAST) at Hartford Hospital has and continues to expand its services resulting in less waste, variability and better patient outcomes. In 2019, Lee and his team completed a study that integrated best in class medical devices with evidenced-based practice with each PIVC insertion. Results of this study will be discussed along with other initiatives this VAST is doing to assure they produce value that is palpable to the hospital and their patients.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2021 Length: 1 Hour

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Let's Stick Together: Addressing the Dressing

Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSI) are a significant cause of hospital morbidity and mortality. A review of literature and Infusion Therapy Standards indicate that dressing changes due to disruption are associated with a significant risk of bloodstream infection. A quality improvement project to decrease the number of premature dressing changes due to disruption was initiated and its results, including 18-months of audit data, will be discussed.

Original Air Date: Mar 10, 2021 Length: 1 Hour

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Pitfalls of Catheter Securement: The Dressing (Part Two)

The prevention of vascular access device and infusion complications is enhanced through better securement and stabilization of the catheter. This presentation will identify 21 securement and dressing scenarios with measured pull forces to help clinicians understand different securement modalities. Find out how dressings make a difference. The standard of seven-day dressing changes can lead the clinician to believe that the dressing actually stays on seven days; however, dressing disruptions occur between 40-68 hours and unscheduled dressing changes contribute to increased infections, dislodgement, phlebitis, infiltration and adds extra supplies and nursing time to an already stressed environment. Keeping the dressing on is of the utmost importance. We will review the newly released standards of practices on securement with an in-depth review of a dressing enhancement to support dressing adherence.

Original Air Date: Feb 24, 2021 Length: 1 Hour

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Target Zero: Evidence Based Strategies for Reducing the Risk of CAUTIs

​​​​The goal of this program is to describe the forces within the current healthcare environment that are targeting zero for device-related infections, identify and detail the evidence-based practices that go beyond the guidelines in preventing CAUTIs, and discuss possible barriers to practice changes and realistic solutions to assist the team in the implementation process.

Orginal Air Date: Dec 3, 2020 Length: 1 Hour

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Reducing Surgical Site Infections: Surgical Stewardship

The goal of this program is to educate a broader audience on advanced strategies to decrease the incidence of SSI to reduce cost of care and improve patient outcomes.

Original Air Date: Aug 27, 2020 Length: 1 Hour

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Innovations in the SSI Prevention Bundle: How Early Adoption Can Improve Patient Outcomes

The surgical site infection (SSI) prevention bundle is more complex and more rapidly evolving when compared to other healthcare-associated prevention bundles and keeping apprised of the latest innovations is often challenging for infection preventionists and perioperative teams. This presentation will highlight some of the more recent innovative practices and technologies, that when used as adjuncts to current surgical care practices, can reduce SSI risk among certain surgical patient populations.

Original Air Date: April 16, 2020 Length: 1 Hour

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