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Andrew Barton

Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Access and IV Therapy Lead, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

The benefits of vascular access service teams

Vascular access in all its forms is the most common, invasive procedure patients will experience in healthcare today. From obtaining blood samples to the delivery of intravenous therapy, vascular...

Resetting best practice in IV therapy and vascular access

In this IV supplement you will find two excellent international articles. The first is an insightful piece from the journal of the Canadian Vascular Access Association on the effectiveness of...

IV care from different perspectives

I was interested to read this AVA article. In this study, the effectiveness and safety of a catheter lock solution containing 2% taurolidine without citrate or heparin (TauroSept®, Geistlich Pharma...

Changes by necessity have opened up new opportunities

‘I hope the positive adaptations we have made over the past year, such as an increase in IV team numbers, different ways of working and refocusing attention on infection control measures, will make...

Medical adhesive-related skin injuries associated with vascular access: minimising risk with Appeel Sterile

An 80-year-old woman had septic arthritis (Figure 2). She had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and type II diabetes. She was an inpatient receiving intravenous antibiotics and...

Universal adhesive vascular access securement with Grip-Lok devices

The Grip-Lok range of catheter securement devices are available in a range of sizes and configurations so can be used universally. The devices secure IV catheters reliably, which minimises...

The case for using a disinfecting cap for needlefree connectors

Woller et al (2016) stated that patients require IV therapy interventions earlier and for longer periods, and that long-term central venous access is now common in all areas of acute hospital and...

Intravenous infusion drug administration: flushing guidance

Theoretically there is a risk of under dosing, and this is evident in the literature. However, when an intermittent infusion is administered at regular intervals, the drug contained in the infusion...

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