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Patient Outcome: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

On occasion, I hear clinicians share their own experiences and frequent challenges with IV therapy. Just before the holidays, a clinician shared a picture that was truly “’worth a 1,000 words”: a pressure ulcer had developed on her child’s foot while undergoing IV therapy during a hospitalization.

The integrity of her child’s skin was compromised by the hard, round, cylindrical hub of an IV catheter and the luer connection of the extension set, even though the site was well wrapped with several layers of gauze for stabilization. This wasn’t the first time I had heard of issues with skin breakdown caused by the IV hub/tubing connection.

As a clinician, she was devastated by what she saw and spoke to me about the importance of site selection, device selection, and frequent site assessments to minimize IV catheter complications.

As a mom, she felt she had “failed her child” and urged me to share her story to reinforce the importance of doing everything possible to protect patients from harm during medical treatments. She went on to say, “I am sure this complication could have been prevented if your product was used on my child.”

Recently, Tangent Medical posted a blog on how the Voice of the clinician can make a difference for patients. It is only through being vocal, sharing experiences and advocating for safety that change will occur and patient outcomes improve. Please take the time to share this picture and story with other clinicians. It can be the beginning of positive change and help increase positive patient outcomes in your institution.

To learn more about how the NovaCath® Integrated IV Catheter System can eliminate painful pressure points and eliminates the external “j-loop” of tubing, click here.

To learn more about our soft, ergonomic catheter platform and Advanced Catheter Stabilization click here.

This guest blog post was written by:
Melissa Smith RN, BSN employed by Tangent Medical as Regional Sales Manager to the SouthEast US.  Melissa has practiced in several clinical specialties including Labor & Delivery, Renal, Perioperative, and Director of Bariatric Surgery.
Posted: 1/31/2014 10:22:37 AM
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