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New Peripheral IV Catheter Design Addresses Catheter Stabilization

Compliance: IV Catheter Stabilization

A recent paper published in the Journal of Vascular Access summarizes a panel discussion of infection prevention experts on the topic of improving peripheral IV outcomes. Among the key strategies identified, the panelists agreed on “the importance of stabilization to prevent movement in the insertion site and subsequent infiltration/extravasation and phlebitis.”

The NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter is the only IV catheter in the marketplace that ensures compliance with stabilization recommendations of OSHA, CDC and INS. Watch this demonstration video to see how NovaCath is uniquely designed to eliminate catheter movement around the insertion site.

Time and again, experts agree on the importance of using stabilization on every single IV catheter:

OSHA: “Careful and thorough catheter securement is essential since ineffective securement may result in catheter dislodgment. Appropriate products and effective work practices are essential to provide increased catheter stability.” (OSHA Fact Sheet: Securing Medical Catheters, 2004)

CDC: Encourages use of a “catheter securement device to reduce the risk of infection for intravascular catheters.” (CDC Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011)

INS: “Vascular access device stabilization shall be used to preserve the integrity of the access device, minimize catheter movement at the hub, and prevent loss of access.” (Infusion Nurses Society, Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice, Journal of Infusion Nursing, 2011)

Watch the video below to learn how to comply with IV catheter stabilization recommendations:

Guest Blog Post by Elyse Kemmerer White, Ph.D., is the Director of Marketing for Tangent Medical, maker of the NovaCath Integrated IV Catheter System.
Posted: 9/19/2014 1:47:15 PM
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