Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Infusion Therapy without Vascular Access might be Impossible

This year the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) celebrated its 25th Anniversary in San Jose, CA.  The AVA plus the Infusion Nurses Society equal a perfect marriage for infusion therapy as well a good thing for patients and health care professionals alike.
The AVA Scientific Meeting was a great experience and it provided a great deal of information as well as a preview of future technology in Infusion Therapy and Vascular Access.

During this years meeting there were several nurses that presented their stories in regards to blood exposure from attempting to gain a vascular access device or blood for lab values.  The following are some of those health care workers.

Healthcare personnel are at risk for blood exposure from bloodborne pathogens,
that include hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human
immunodefi ciency virus (HIV). Exposures may occur through needlesticks or cuts
from other sharp instruments contaminated with an infected patient's blood.  Exposure may also occur through contact via the eyes, nose, mouth, or skin.  
"An estimated 385,000 percutaneous injuries (i.e., needlesticks, cuts, punctures and other injuries with sharp objects) occur in U.S. hospitals each year." (CDC) Prevention of bloodborne exposures requires healthcare personnel to use safer vascular access devices, improved work practices,and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).  One type of device that is great is the new BD Autogard Insyte with Blood Control.

This new vascular access device allows the healthcare professional to access the patients vein without the concern of blood flowing through the catheter and makes it easy for the nurse to attached the injection port or extension tubing. 
Changes in peripheral intravenous catheter technology have us moving away from catheters that spills blood out of the hub to using cathetrs with blood flow technology and even closed system devices. 

Remember to Always Wear your PPE

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  1. BD Medical
  2. Association for Vascular Access
  3. Center for Disease Control
  4. Infusion Nurses Society


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