Vascular access team development improves infusion therapy care standards

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The increased use of PICCs following the appointment of the vascular access team in 2008 led to an increase in PICC-associated bacteraemia” Shawyer (2016).

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The increased use of PICCs following the appointment of the vascular access team in 2008 led to an increase in PICC-associated bacteraemia. This was found to be the result not of poor insertion technique, but of problems with ongoing care of the lines. A robust programme of training for ward staff was implemented in 2009 and continues for any staff accessing any CVC. This was associated with a significant reduction in the bacteraemia rate from 2.6% to 0.08%.

Reference:

Shawyer, V. (2016) Developing a vascular access team. Developing a vascular access team. British Journal of Nursing. 25(Sup2), p.S26.

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