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Canadian Vascular Access Association

Central venous access device locking practices in the adult critical care setting: a single-centre, observational study establishing duration of locking per catheter lumen

Results reveal that at least one lumen of the majority of central lines in the ICU is locked for longer than a third of the total time in situ. This is a much larger proportion of time than initially...

Chlorhexidine (di)gluconate locking device for central line infection prevention in intensive care unit patients: a multi-unit, pilot randomized controlled trial

A detailed protocol describing the study methods was published and is publicly accessible (Zamir et al, 2020)..

I-DECIDED®—a decision tool for assessment and management of invasive devices in the hospital setting

TheI-DECIDED® device assessment and decision tool is an evidence-based checklist (see Figure 1). This tool packages international clinical guidelines for invasive devices into a mnemonic algorithm for...

Effectiveness of scheduled vital signs assessment during infliximab infusions in detecting infusion reactions: a multi-centre retrospective data review

Privately owned and operated infusion clinics began to appear in the early 2000s, when a number of IFX clinical trials ended and some hospitals could no longer provide services to these patients. In...

Innovative approaches to teaching vascular access to nursing students in the COVID-19 era

The Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University has approximately 400 students in the BScN program, which is an entry-to-practice undergraduate program. Previously, the teaching of VAIN was...

Use of dry dressings for central venous access devices (CVADs) to decrease central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in a trauma intensive care unit (ICU)

In March 2017, a short education session, lasting approximately 15 minutes, was given to ICU nurses. This in-service reiterated interventions that were already known by the nurses such as proper...

The patient experience of peripheral intravenous therapy: development of a patient survey, initial findings, and next steps

“I had a horrible experience with everyone trying to access a vein. It took 6 nurses approximately 20 tries to locate a vein! It was awful! My arm was sooo very bruised and sore. I went from one...

SECUREment bundles to prevent peripheral intravenous catheter failure—the SECURE-PIVC trial: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial

The global problem of PIVC failure remains unresolved and requires innovative solutions to reduce the currently high failure rates. This pilot RCT is first in investigating the use of bundled,...

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