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Association for Vascular Access

Care bundles and peripheral arterial catheters

The aim of this scoping review is to identify the features of bundled interventions for vascular access devices that determine care outcomes and to highlight research gaps about care bundles for...

Guarding the central venous access device: a new solution for an old problem

The pathogenesis of bacteria into the bloodstream can occur in two common ways: intraluminally and extraluminally. A CVAD can be colonized extraluminally by bacteria along the catheter or skin flora...

The potential role of through the needle PIVC insertion in reducing early catheter contamination

In order to study the effects of using a novel TTN device, which deploys a 20-gauge catheter through a needle (Figure 1), compared to a more traditional OTN device, which deploys a 20-gauge catheter...

Evaluation of the difficult intravenous access (DIVA) scoring in hospitalized pediatric patients

A limitation of the project was the use of convenience versus consecutive sampling. Convenience sampling was chosen because of the voluntary nature of staff completing the data collection form prior...

Disinfection of needleless connectors to reduce Staphylococcus aureus bacterial load

In this in vitro study, we compared the antimicrobial effectiveness of 4 disinfectants applied with sterile gauze: 70% IPA liquid (Rialcool®, Rioquímica), 70% ethanol liquid (Rialcool, Rioquímica),...

Vascular access teams: a global outlook on challenges, benefits, opportunities, and future perspectives

Numerous vascular access devices (VADs) are placed worldwide annually,1 with up to 90% of all hospitalized patients undergoing catheter placement,2,3 resulting in substantial health care...

Treatment of a neonatal peripheral intravenous infiltration/extravasation (PIVIE) injury with hyaluronidase: a case report

A term male patient was born by emergency cesarean section to a 28-year-old primigravida mother for decreased fetal movement. The infant was born in good condition and did not require resuscitation....

Managing central venous catheter dressings: a short gut syndrome case study

At 1 month of age, the patient was diagnosed with short gut syndrome after multiple surgeries to treat a malrotation and midgut volvulus. The patient received the first of many CVCs after a...

Bridging the gap: introduction of an antimicrobial peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) in response to high PICC central line-associated bloodstream infection incidence*

Central venous catheters represent lifesaving devices for patients with critical vascular access needs. Peripherally inserted central catheters(PICCs)are a common choice for patients requiring longer...

Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infection in contaminated central venous catheters: case studies of a pediatric contamination guideline

Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) continue to be a significant cause of morbidity, mortality, and increased costs for hospitalized adult and pediatric patients. Approximately 5...

A 2% taurolidine catheter lock solution prevents catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) and catheter dysfunction in hemodialysis patients

The results of this retrospective study and comparison with the existing literature in this field show that using a 2% taurolidine-containing catheter lock solution in chronic hemodialysis patients is...

Vascular access care in patients with multimorbidity

Highly complex patients require an integrated care approach (case management) due the coexistence of multiple health problems, advanced age, greater functional impairment, higher risk of mortality,...

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