Infusion Therapy

December 2013 Vol. 8 No. 12

Author: Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN-CMC, CVRN-BC; Pamela Anderson, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN;

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), the most common healthcare-associated infection, can be deadly.

June 2013 Vol. 8 No. 6

Author: Kathy Gold, RN, MSN, CDE

Nurses can easily dispose of sharps in the hospital, but it’s not so easy for patients at home. Learn how you can educate patients to keep them safe and the environment healthy.

January 2013 Vol. 8 No. 1

Author: BrandeeWornhoff, MSN, RN, CNS-BC; and Paula Spoonmore, MSN, RN, CNS-BC

Using a disinfection cap (with isopropyl alcohol) on central line catheters significantly reduced central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control. Read more . . .

November 2012 Vol.7 No. 11

Author: Christina L. Dobson, MSN, RN, FNP-C

A review article in December 2012’s Journal of Hospital Infection found that highest population-attributable risk percentage for urinary tract infection (UTI) was associated with urinary catheterization, “with the calculation that 79.3% of UTI would be prevented if catheterization was not performed.” Read more . . .

September 2012 Vol. 7 No. 9

Author: Charlotte Guglielmi, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR, and Mary J. Ogg, MSN, RN, CNOR

Note: This Consensus Statement and Call to Action was drafted by members of the steering committee* for the conference “Tenth Anniversary of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act: Mapping Progress, Charting a Future Path,” held in Charlottesville, Virginia, from November 4-6, 2010, and sponsored by the International Healthcare Worker . . .

September 2012 Vol. 7 No. 9

Author: Charlotte Guglielmi, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR, and Mary J. Ogg, MSN, RN, CNOR

An essential part of a sharps safety program is selecting appropriate devices, such as safety needles. While no one device, feature, or mechanism of action addresses all clinical needs, each device must be evaluated carefully. Also, proper selection requires involvement of frontline workers who will use the devices. All individuals . . .

September 2012 Vol. 7 No. 9

Author: Kathlyn J. Schumacher, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC, and Elizabeth A. Leonard, BSN, RN-BC, CCRP

Background: The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center (IHWSC) at the University of Virginia drafted and began circulating the consensus statement on sharps safety in the summer of 2011. The American Nurses Association (ANA) endorsed the statement in November 2011, and worked closely with the IHWSC to reach the ANA’s . . .