Comparison of phlebotomy needles

“Sample integrity was identical between both needles. The 25-gauge needle resulted in less 3+ pain, while pain scoring 1 and 2 was more frequent in the 25-gauge cohort” Kirchhoff et al (2023).

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Arm vein size for child PICC placement

“The age and the weight of the child have a small role in predicting the caliber of the veins of the arm. Veins should be measured case by case through a proper and systematic ultrasound evaluation; however, the clinician can expect that insertion of a 3 Fr PICC may be feasible in one third of children weighing between 4 and 7 kg” Zanaboni et al (2023).

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Home infusion CLABSI prevention

“We interviewed home infusion staff who perform surveillance activities about barriers to and facilitators for central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) surveillance and identified barriers to training in CLABSI surveillance” Oladapo-Shittu et al (2023).

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Needlestick injuries among nurses in Italy

“The incidence rate of NSI varies from 2.2 to 10.77 per 100 nurses per year. The major causes can be traced back to a large night shift, working in the operating block and in the medical departments, and the failure to use adequate devices” Brusini (2022).

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IV catheter ethanol-lock therapy

“The present study evaluated the efficacy and safety of Ethanol-lock therapy (ELT) in combination with systemic antibiotics for the management of CRBSI associated with hemodialysis TCC” Gang et al (2023).

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Management of difficult intravenous access

“As most published DIVA strategies are limited to various point-of-care ultrasound techniques while other “tricks-of-the-trade” and pearls for overcoming DIVA are mostly relegated to informal nonpublished material” Ng et al (2022).

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Reducing blood sampling volumes in ICU

“Blood sampling is a critical aspect of intensive care to guide clinical decision-making. Repeated blood sampling can result in blood waste and contamination, leading to iatrogenic anaemia and systemic infection” Keogh et al (2023).

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Management of difficult intravenous access

“As most published DIVA strategies are limited to various point-of-care ultrasound techniques while other “tricks-of-the-trade” and pearls for overcoming DIVA are mostly relegated to informal nonpublished material” Ng et al (2022).

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Reducing blood sampling volumes in ICU

“Blood sampling is a critical aspect of intensive care to guide clinical decision-making. Repeated blood sampling can result in blood waste and contamination, leading to iatrogenic anaemia and systemic infection” Keogh et al (2023).

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Bedside rounding checklist – Full Text

“Implementation eliminated central line-associated bloodstream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections and resulted in a statistically significant reduction in average hospital length of stay” Radhakrishnan et al (2022).

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Blood culture procedure development – Full Text

“By standardising blood culture collection methods, optimising blood volume and nurses’ education, we were able to develop a best practice for blood culture collection and to reduce BCC and negativity rate to a sustainable low rate at our hospital” Aldiba et al (2023).

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