Standardizing Practice by Design

Every line access and dressing change is an opportunity for microbes to invade the body. So how are you managing these procedures? Our experts consulted with clinicians nationwide to develop line access and dressing change bundles to help you standardize best practices.

The goal: prevention above all.

SPOTLIGHT

Highlights and Trends from the Association for Vascular Access Annual Scientific Meeting

ERASE BSI Comprehensive Solution

Make the Right Way the Only Way

There are numerous guidelines for preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). Their primary focus: catheter insertion. But that’s only one small piece. Most complications occur after placement.1,2,3 Our line access and dressing change bundles help you standardize best practices for post-insertion care—and lower CLABSI risk factors. Multiple studies demonstrate that catheter maintenance bundles help improve infection rates.1,2

Our bundled solution includes:

Risk Assessments

Help identify gaps in practice using a combination of surveys, observations and utilization analyses. Also allows bundles to be tailored to your facility’s specific needs, protocols and products.

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Dressing Change System

Developed by nurses for nurses, our Dressing Change System intuitively guides clinicians step by step through sterile dressing changes.

  • Sequenced to reduce practice variance
  • Provides a sterile work area
  • Uses clear illustrations to prompt correct procedure
  • Completely customizable with your preferred products
  • Removal components are located outside of the sterile field to avoid cross contamination
  • Second set of gloves and hand sanitizer for application procedure

Are your clinicians consistently following aseptic technique? Find out.

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SwabFlush

Access into IV lines is one of the most common procedures performed in hospitals. So it’s critically important that every access be done aseptically every time. SwabFlush with SwabCap ensures clinicians have a disinfection cap instantly available after flushing to protect the port between line accesses.

  • Includes SwabCap in the back of the flush syringe
  • Is incorporated into a process that nurses always perform
  • Drives compliance

SwabFlush Process

Line Access Kit

Scrubbing the hub seems simple. But there are nurse-to-nurse variations, technique differences and the potential for touch contamination. Our Line Access Kit helps reduce practice variance.

  • Ensures nurses have necessary components at the bedside
  • Builds on the proven effectiveness of SwabFlush with SwabCap to standardize disinfection technique
  • Can be tailored to your protocols and product preferences
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Line Access Kit components include:

Pre-filled syringe

  • First saline flush to establish vein patency

Alcohol prep pads

  • Alcohol pad used before attaching syringe and before the final flush

SwabFlush pre-filled syringe with SwabCap

  • Last saline flush used to push medication in and prevent mixing of drugs
  • Offers clinicians the convenience of having SwabCap ready when needed

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SwapCap

  • SwabCap with 70% IPA disinfects valve in 5 minutes •
  • Keeps valve surface disinfected for up to 7 days if not removed
  • Acts as a physical barrier to contamination
  • No swabbing after removal

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Education & Training

Online Courses

Medline University gives you and your staff 24/7access to a growing list of BSI courses, including four CEs.*

  • IV Therapy: Best Practice for Nurses – Describes patient-centered considerations for placement, securement and maintenance
  • Introduction to Central Venous Catheters (CVCs) – Reviews various CVCs, indications for use and evidence-based protocols
  • CLABSI: The Basics of Central Line-Associated BSIs – Discusses the causes and effects of CLABSI, best practices for prevention and the importance of surveillance
  • Sepsis – Defines the disease and explains CMS core measures, including bundles

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Onsite Education

In-service training helps keep staff up-to-date on current best practices for dressing change and line access protocols. Our clinical specialists conduct sessions during program implementation and by request.

*Approved as continuing education contact hours by the Florida Board of Nursing and the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Outcomes Reporting

Achieving and sustaining your BSI goals is a continual process. Our experts work with you to track results as well as identify areas that may need further work. Detailed reports include clinical and financial outcomes, compliance monitoring, an additional risk assessment, and recommended practice and educational adjustments.

  • SwabCap Compliance Program – Provides product education and training, compliance checks, and utilization reports, ensuring staff engagement and commitment to success

Put ERASE BSI to work in your facility. Get a free risk assessment.

ERASE BSI is part of our comprehensive program of  Infection Prevention Solutions to help you prevent hospital-acquired infections.

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  1. The Joint Commission. Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections: A Global Perspective. Oak Brook, IL: Joint Commission Resources, May 2012. Available at: https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/CLABSI_Monograph.pdf
    Accessed February 6, 2017.
  2. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Guide to Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. Washington, DC; APIC Implementation Guides, December 2015. Available at: http://www.apic.org/Professional-Practice/Implementation-guides#Preventing Accessed February 6, 2017.
  3. Moureau NL and Flynn J. Disinfection of Needeless Connector Hubs: Clinical Evidence Systematic Review. Nursing Research and Practice. 2015; 20 pages. Available at: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/nrp/2015/796762/ Accessed February 13, 2017.