Impact of flushing with aseptic non-touch technique using pre-filled flush or manually prepared syringes on central venous catheter occlusion and bloodstream infections in pediatric hemato-oncology patients: A randomized controlled study

New article on the impact of flushing with aseptic non-touch technique using pre-filled flush or manually prepared syringes on central venous catheter occlusion and bloodstream infections in pediatric hemato-oncology patients: A randomized controlled study from the European Journal of Oncology Nursing

 

Impact of flushing with aseptic non-touch technique using pre-filled flush or manually prepared syringes on central venous catheter occlusion and bloodstream infections in pediatric hemato-oncology patients: A randomized controlled study

Efficacy of Reducing Alteplase Dose to Restore Patency in Nonhemodialysis Central Vascular Access Devices

New article on Efficacy of Reducing Alteplase Dose to Restore Patency in Nonhemodialysis Central Vascular Access Devices from the Journal of Infusion Nursing

Efficacy of Reducing Alteplase Dose to Restore Patency in Nonhemodialysis Central Vascular Access Devices

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A Novel Nonantibiotic Nitroglycerin-Based Catheter Lock Solution for Prevention of Intraluminal Central Venous Catheter Infections in Cancer Patients

New article on a novel solution for antimicrobial locks to prevent intraluminal infection of central venous catheters from the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

A Novel Nonantibiotic Nitroglycerin-Based Catheter Lock Solution for Prevention of Intraluminal Central Venous Catheter Infections in Cancer Patients

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Repositioning of central venous access devices using a high-flow flush technique – a clinical practice and cost review

A new article on the repositioning of central venous access devices using a high-flow flushing technique – a clinical practice and cost review from the Journal of Vascular Access

Repositioning of central venous access devices using a high-flow flush technique – a clinical practice and cost review

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Air Embolism – understanding WHY it occurs and HOW to prevent it

Air EmbolismAir Embolism (AE) is often a life-threatening complication of large bore intravascular device insertion and removal. Although much focus has been with the insertion phase, device removal is just as potentially dangerous.

There is becoming an increased awareness of AE through patient advocacy groups and from a patient safety perspective taught by experienced healthcare clinicians. There are more frequent publications related to AE and certainly this complication is getting a wider girth of awareness.

Essentially, ANY intravascular device – intravenous (IV) or intra-arterial (IA), can cause an AE. Although IA is potentially a lesser risk, it does not mean that it doesn’t occur.

Devices, particularly IV, should be removed with the patient satisfying the following criteria;

  1. The patient/client should be in a supine (flat) or slight Trendelenburg position (15-20° head-down) – particularly for CVADs and PICCs.
  2. Should be removed at end-expiration – for all devices.
  3. Should have an air-occlusive, paraffin or petroleum-based dressing over the removal site for 48 hours, until the exit site wound has sealed closed.

Many clinicians who remove these types of devices MUST be educated and aware of potential for AE to occur, and need to ensure that preventative measures are in place BEFORE a device is removed.

Following the three actions listed above will reduce the risk of AE in most situations.
An easy to remember way is to think, ‘the patient should be in the same position for removal of the device as for the insertion of the device’. Easy.

When air embolism is suspected, the patient should be placed on 100% oxygen and on the left lateral decubitus position, which may improve right ventricular outflow by keeping air in the right atrium or in the apex of the right ventricle, away from the pulmonary artery and right ventricular outflow tract.

AE should also be included during ‘mock’ codes – simulated scenarios for training purposes. This is one way of ensuring the education is met on a regular (or even mandatory) level within healthcare facilities for clinicians who are associated with intravascular device removal.

Here are several links to recent articles on air embolism prevention (courtesy of JVA);

Tunneled central venous catheter exchange: techniques to improve prevention of air embolism

Over-catheter tract suture to prevent bleeding and air embolism after tunnelled catheter removal

Cerebral air embolism after central dialysis line removal: the role of the fibrin sheath as portal (mechanism) of air entry

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Repositioning of CVADs using high flow flushing technique – practice and cost review

Although it’s a little self-indulgent, I am also very excited. I just had a manuscript accepted for publication on repositioning of CVADs utilizing a high flow flushing technique (HFFT) in the Journal of Vascular Access. This is something I investigated and started monitoring a few years ago (after a discussion on its relatively unknown use) and decided to start writing a more formal paper on this technique. The manuscript has not been allocated an edition currently, but will be available as advanced online publication at the JVA website very soon.

HFFT

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