Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Infection Control is just as important in Infusion Therapy

CHLORA-PREP  ™ for infection Control


Every year, a lot of lives are lost due to the spread of infections in hospitals. Health care workers can take precautions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. This is a vital part of nursing and as patient advocates it is our duty to follow these steps as a part of infection control.
Proper hand washing is the single most effective method to prevent the spread of infections in our hospitals. If you were a patient or one of your family members was a patient would you not be concerned then?
Don't be afraid to remind friends, family and other health care providers to wash their hands before getting close, performing a procedure, or touching the patient before starting an IV.

DONT FORGET

  • Cover the coughs and sneezes
  • Using gloves, masks and protective clothing
  • Making tissues and hand cleaners available to everyone
  • Following hospital policies and procedures when working with paitents in regards to blood, body fluids, or other possible contaminated items


    ChloraPrep ™ is an antiseptic cleanser that contains 2% chlorhexidine gluconate in a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. The solution is sterile and contained within a glass ampoule which is housed within a plastic applicator is produced in a varity if styles and shapes.
    ChloraPrep is available in a range of applicators containing either 0.67ml, 1.5ml, 3ml, 10.5ml or 26ml of solution and is indicated for the disinfection of skin prior to invasive procedures.

    ChloraPrep Sepp® 0.67 mL Applicator
  • 260449 ChloraPrep Sepp 0.67 mL Applicator
ChloraPrep Frepp® 1.5 mL Applicator
  • 260299 ChloraPrep Frepp 1.5 mL Applicator
ChloraPrep Swabstick 1.75 mL and 5.25 mL Applicators
  • 260100 ChloraPrep Swabstick 1.75 mL Applicator (single)
  • 260103 ChloraPrep Swabstick 5.25 mL Applicator (triple)
ChloraPrep 3 mL Applicator
ChloraPrep 10.5 mL Applicator
ChloraPrep 26 mL Applicator

Central vascular access device (CVAD) site care and dressing changes should include the following:
  1. removal of the existing dressing
  2. cleansing of the catheter where it meets the skin
  3. Use the appropriate antiseptic solution(s),
  4. replacement of the stabilization device if used
  5. application of a sterile dressing
  6. Chlorhexidine solution is preferred for skin antisepsis
These are the recommendation of the Infusion Nurses Society and have been set in the 2011 INS Infusion Therapy Standards of practice.
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References

  1. Carefusion
  2. CDC.gov
  3. IHI
  4. INS