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Looking for IVTEAM?
July 31, 2016 0
I am really pleased to announce that IVTEAM.com has an alternative domain name that we hope our visitors find useful. The new domain is IV.team Of course the original .com extension will continue to work. We just want to offer our visitors a shorter URL when visiting IVTEAM. I also think its a really cool […]
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Peripheral IV catheter care bundle
May 19, 2016 0
IV bundles have become established as an essential component of safer IV care. However, examples of peripheral IV bundles are difficult to locate. This link will take you to an example of a peripheral IV catheter bundle from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, UK. Other examples useful intravenous documentation that you find useful include: PICC […]
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Midline passport example
May 19, 2016 0
We have recently shared an example of a PICC passport. As midline catheters gain in popularity you may also find this midline passport useful. Other examples useful intravenous documentation that you find useful include: PICC passport Peripheral IV bundle Peripheral cannulation patient information Fluid balance chart  
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Example of a PICC passport
May 19, 2016 0
Patient passports are seen as a method of ensuring care standards are transferred across health care providers. They also offer the patient an opportunity to record feedback on the PICC care they receive. PICC passports combine patient information, PICC details, a care plan and a patient diary into one convenient booklet. An example of a […]
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Which apps are the most useful to ease a busy professional and academic life?
March 25, 2016 0
If, like me, you have a busy professional and academic life you will be looking for ways to ease the daily burden of constant activity. My first approach is to acknowledge that I am not alone with a busy schedule and dare I say the burden of procrastination (If this is not you… you have […]
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Vascular access clinical evidence and clinical practice
March 10, 2016 0
When you next read an article or attend a conference ask yourself who is the intended audience? I have often voiced the opinion that we sometimes have a disconnect between research and clinical practice. To clarify, I’m a big fan of research studies that are valid, reliable and demonstrate a degree of probability. We need […]
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Which sessions will you attend at WoCoVA 2016?
February 16, 2016 0
The #wocova16 preliminary scientific program is available now. At first glance, I would say that this program is the best the WoCoVA congress organisers have ever put together. On day one my eye is drawn towards various sessions. Evan Alexandrou will present the results of the OMG PIVC Study. Sergio Bertoglio will deliver a session […]
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Looking for extravasation pictures?
December 26, 2015 0
Nothing demonstrates the devastating outcome of extravasation more than a photograph. Park et al (2015) provide both text and illustrations that fully explain the impact and treatment of extravasation complicated with compartment syndrome. This is a must read article for all vascular access practitioners. Click here for the full text. Reference: Park, H.J., Kim, K.H., Lee, […]
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VIP score research
December 8, 2015 0
I have read with interest the research that has examined the measurement quality of phlebitis scores Ray-Barrel et al (2014). A theme that appears to have undergone some discussion in the literature is the level of reliability, validity and responsiveness of tools that monitor peripheral IV sites. In addition, the practical application of the tool should […]
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IV dressing reactions unpicked
October 24, 2015 0
I’m sure most of us have seen intravenous dressing reactions. We may have also witnessed the responses to such reactions from dressing companies. The response I disagree with the most is “not allowing the cleaning solution to dry”. I have even heard this response to a dressing reaction following a PICC placement. I can be […]
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