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" The goals of this paper are to show that with greater knowledge about proper PPE and mindful resource utilization, hospitals are able to become more comfortable and efficient while providing increasingly frequent vascular access services in the current and future pandemics" Hackett et al (2022).
Vascular access procedural adaptations during COVID-19

Abstract:

COVID-19 has led to procedural changes in vascular access services in order to protect healthcare workers and patients from further spread of the virus. Operational changes made by the vascular access service at a healthcare system in New York City during the first wave of the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic in New York City included a team-based approach as well as consideration for types of lines placed to address the increase in patient volume while providing safety to healthcare workers and conserving PPE equipment. The study consists of two samples of adult inpatients admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC in need of vascular access. Chi-square tests of independence were utilized to analyze trends in data. By the fourth wave, usage of shorter life span ultrasound-guided peripheral IVs increased significantly and the use of longer lasting intravenous catheters decreased significantly between the first and fourth waves of COVID-19. The goals of this paper are to show that with greater knowledge about proper PPE and mindful resource utilization, hospitals are able to become more comfortable and efficient while providing increasingly frequent vascular access services in the current and future pandemics.

Reference:

Hackett AK, Wells CM, Gupta R, Kohli-Seth R. Adaptations in Vascular Access Procedures as an Initiative to Protect Healthcare Workers Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Nurs Health Sci. 2022 Aug 5. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12974. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35929197.