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IVOPINION

Keeping infection prevented

July 7, 2012 0

Over recent years we has seen many initiatives that have assisted with Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) prevention. In particular the development of bundles has provided a format for consistent ‘infection prevention’ behaviour during vascular access device insertion and subsequent care. However, authors rarely make clear one particular message from the implementation of the bundle. I personally believe that the main focus for each bundle should be concerned with the prevention of ‘extraluminal’ and ‘intraluminal’ contamination.

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If clinical staff fully understand the risks associated with ‘extraluminal’ and ‘intraluminal’ contamination they can begin to use products and function in a way that prevents contamination. It is vital that we review our practice (and that of others) so that IVs are protected. Simple approaches such as the use of medicated IV dressings, checking that dressings are intact or reviewing practice routines such as the length of time required to clean the skin (30 seconds) or scrub the hub (15 seconds) are easily introduced into practice..

Infection prevention associated with vascular access does not have to be complicated. The role of hand hygiene dominates infection prevention practice. The simple addition of ‘extraluminal’ and ‘intraluminal’ protection offers a simple yet effective vascular access infection prevention approach.

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