Vein Visualization Recommended to Improve Safety Practices

Recently the Infusion Nurses Society convened a task force of infusion therapy experts to develop recommendations to improve health care practitioner and patient safety. The findings of this task force includes their recommendation to, “Incorporate vein visualization technology as a routine strategy for patients with poor or difficult venous access.”  They go on to state…

Rare Bacteria Outbreak at Outpatient Oncology Facility

Infection control today reported that a recent outbreak of a rare bacteria was tied to a lapse in infection control procedures. There was an outbreak of Tsukamurella blood stream infections, which is caused by Gram-positive bacteria and rarely effects humans. The outbreak was linked to the improper handling of saline at a West Virginia outpatient…

Fear of Needles is a Common Phobia

When researching fear of needles we find that not only do approximately 20 percent of the general population have some degree of fear associated with needles and injections, but that it’s such a widespread fear that we’ve come across these six medical terms that are related to this fear: ·   Aichmophobia: an intense or morbid fear…

Blood Exposure

Many jobs have occupational hazards but being a nurse is one occupation that carries the possibility of blood exposure or exposure to other bodily fluids.  One of the many reasons that nursing is not for the faint of heart.  With roughly 385,000 annual needle stick sharps injuries in the United States it is possible that…

Re-siting PIVs – based on time or indications?

Many facilities have policies requiring clinicians to remove and re-site a Peripheral IV within a given period of time.  As a clinician, have you ever wondered if this is actually helps the patient avoid complications? The CDC’s Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter related Infections indicates that: 1. There is no need to replace…

Should Infusion Teams be part of Acute Care Hospitals?

Infusion therapy is invasive and touches virtually all patients entering the hospital.  Given its importance, the current rates of infusion therapy complications, as well as the costs and the waste associated with it, a thorough assessment should be made of a facility’s’ outcomes related to infusion services.  This is the opinion expressed in an Infusion…

Apply Dry Or Wet Heat To Increase Palpability?

When you have a patient whose veins are not particularly palpable, sometimes it is a good idea to apply heat to the area which will increase blood flow and make the veins juicier.  So would you typically reach for a warm wet rag or a dry heat source? There is a study that shows “dry…

Are PICC Lines as Dangerous as CVCs?

A recent study has shown that Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters have the same risks of infection as Central Venous Catheters, click the link below to read the entire study.  It was thought prior that CVCs had a higher rate of infection than PICC so this is interesting news.  To lower the risk of Catheter Related…

What does your facility do when equipment goes down?

Many facilities do a combination of three things when equipment goes down at their facility. 1. Fix in house at biomedical 2. Send to a third party for repair 3. Send to manufacturer for repair “Many view sending equipment to the original manufacturer for repair as something of a last resort.”  At AccuVein we’ve made…

Complications of IV Therapy

Some of the complications of IV therapy include: Hematoma Hypersensitivity Infiltration Extravasation Phlebitis Infection These complications can range from very minor issues to serious injury so it is important to keep an eye on the patient after beginning the administration of  IV therapy.  Catching the issue early can lessen the risk of serious harm.  We…