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Changing the CLABSI benchmark figure
July 6, 2014 0
The matching Michigan project introduced us to a working towards zero benchmark figure of 1.4 infections per thousand catheter days (Bion et al 2012). However, two years later and the continued emphasis on working towards zero line infections is it now time to offer a new benchmark? As we are all working towards zero CLABSI […]
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Martin Kiernan speaks at Royal College of Physicians
September 19, 2013 0
It has been a while since I have listened to Martin Kiernan speak at a conference/symposium. Martin has just spoken about best practice in line auditing at the Royal College of Physicians, London. As usual Martin offers a valuable, interesting and engaging insight into the topic of infection prevention in vascular access. In addition to […]
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Introduction to IV bundles
September 15, 2013 0
Just over a decade ago, central line infections were seen as an inevitable, iatrogenic, consequence of care rather than a negative outcome that could be avoided with a group of simple preventative interventions. If a patient suffered a line infection, an investigation to identify probable cause would be rare. However, in recent years, healthcare culture […]
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Patient safety video with Dennis Quaid
February 2, 2013 0
If you have an interest in patient safety and understand the impact of real life stories this is the video for you.
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Asepsis during peripheral IV placement
September 18, 2012 0
It is essential that an aseptic technique is followed during the placement of a peripheral IV device. This approach will ensure contamination and potential infection are avoided. However, to what extent do we need to complicate what should be an easy to replicate straightforward procedure. When considering asepsis during straightforward IV procedures we should focus […]
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PICC associated upper extremity DVT
August 14, 2012 0
In a recent article cited on IVTEAM concerned with PICC associated upper extremity deep venous thrombosis the authors present an insight into how a patient initially presents with a suspected upper extremity DVT. They discuss Upper extremity DVT and present some excellent ultrasound images of the case in question. However, they fail to describe or […]
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Which UK IV conference
July 26, 2012 0
Here in the UK we are in the fortunate position to have a number of excellent vascular access and infusion therapy conferences from which to choose. Also, we have access to international conferences such as the recent WoCoVa 2012. One particular conference that I am looking forward to attending (and speaking) is the IPS IV […]
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Background and foreground knowledge
July 25, 2012 0
Benner (1984) describes the “growing edges of knowledge” demonstrating that we can “preserve and extend knowledge”. Benner also introduces the concepts of ‘know how’ and ‘know that’. She describes how you can know how without knowing that. Knowing how is is described as the completion of a task; for example knowing how to give an […]
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Behind the scenes at IVTEAM
July 24, 2012 0
IVTEAM has established itself as a core global resource for infusion and vascular access practitioners. Each day, approximately 700 unique visitors view 5000 pages of easy to access relevant intravenous news and updates. IVTEAM offers its visitors a premier service that has no financial or subscriber based restrictions. The editorial stance of IVTEAM is to ensure no […]
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Arterial line bacteraemia
July 8, 2012 0
How many times have you heard that arterial lines do not become infected. In a recent discussion I was informed that the reason these types of catheters are not a source of infection is that the blood flow is too fast; bacteria are not strong enough to hang on! Is this true? To offer an […]
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