In the clinical zone, catheters cause some of the most common HAIs. Central venous catheters (CVCs), peripherals (PIVs) and indwelling urinary catheters (IUCs) are access points and breeding grounds for germs that can lead to catheter and central line-associated blood stream infections (CABSIs and CLABSIs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).
“When team members are stressed, distracted, rushed or tired inside the clinical zone, a simple oversight on a busy day can have serious infection consequences,” says Matocha.
Having a system of products, such as clinical kits for inserting catheters, can help nurses minimize risk of infection and error. Ninchich, previously a pediatric ICU nurse, says that clinical kits in particular can help nurses even when they’re busy. “With a kit that bundles everything a nurse would need in the right sequence, it makes it easier for them to do the right thing no matter how crazy their floor might be,” she says.