Peripheral IV catheter (PIVC) insertion is one of the most common invasive procedures performed in hospitals today (1). Surprisingly, most nurses receive little formal training in this area during nursing school and initial job training. PIVC insertion is an important part of the patient experience that requires the nurse to possess adequate knowledge, confidence, and skill.
Despite their ability to heal the masses, hospitals have been known to sometimes get people sick after they arrive. When this occurs, they are called Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), and hospitals take them very seriously. In this article, we will look at the top four HAIs and discuss the role that nurses play in preventing their spread.
This was Lineus Medical’s first year exhibiting at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Meeting, and we could not have been happier with the conference. Hosted in downtown Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center, we got the chance to meet hundreds of Interventional Radiologists and talk with them about the issues they face in their medical practice. The opportunity to speak one on one with radiologists from all over the world was unique, and the insights that were shared about inserting and securing central venous catheters was valuable.
One of the primary issues we discussed with these physicians was, “Do you find in your practice that your patients pull out, or dislodge, their central lines?” Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of the physicians responded that this is a common issue that requires them to take time out of their busy day to install a new line. When central lines are supposed to stay in for weeks or even months, inserting a new one a few days after the original line was installed is both wasteful and time consuming. During our discussions, we were able to demonstrate how the SafeBreak Vascular separates prior to damaging levels of tension on the IV line to help protect the IV catheter from potentially harmful forces, and the physician’s response to the demo was incredible. Because they had never seen a device like this, many of their initial reactions were of surprise and intrigue. Beyond their initial reactions to the product, their analysis of the product was consistently that it would be helpful in preventing the dislodgement of their central venous catheters.
The 2018 Society of Interventional Radiology annual meeting was a huge success for Lineus Medical, and we can’t wait to continue the discussion with physicians to learn more about how the SafeBreak Vascular can help them in their practice. Check out this short video below that recaps our time at the SIR conference in LA!
SafeBreak® Vascular is not yet 510(k) cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration and is not yet for sale.
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There is no doubt that innovative adhesives have spurred advancements in wound care over the years. Intricate border designs and strong adhesive components allow devices to be secured and wounds to be dressed. But as these medical adhesives grew stronger, human skin remained the same, creating a problem for people with poor skin integrity.
The average day shift nurse will walk 4-5 miles, burning over 1,400 calories in a 12-hour shift. To put it in perspective, restaurant servers walk 4 miles, custodians walk 5.2 miles, and retail floor staff walk 3 miles per shift. One might think that with all the walking that nurses do, they must be generally healthy; think again. Multiple studies have found that ~54% of nurses are either overweight or obese, those nurses citing job stress and poor sleep from long, irregular work hours as the cause.