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Implantable port infection risk

“In many patients with port infection, the ports are removed because antibiotics are ineffective. We evaluated the risk factors associated with port removal due to port infection” Hara et al (2024).

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Isopropanol leakage from antiseptic barrier caps

“Needleless connectors (NCs) can be disinfected using antiseptic barrier caps (ABCs) to reduce the risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections. However, recent evidence suggests that isopropanol can leak from the ABC into the NC, posing concern about their safe use” Boissière et al (2024).

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Correction of PICC malposition

“US-guidance can help reduce catheter malposition during bedside PICC insertion. Patients with risk factors such as multiple previous central vein insertions, failed peripheral line insertions, left arm insertion, or high BMI should undergo thorough sonographic evaluation of the arm vessels to prevent malposition” Jang et al (2023).

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CLABSI related complications – Full Text

“This 2-year retrospective single-center study of patients with CRBIs from a tertiary care hospital examined the hematogenous complications associated with CRBIs according to patient characteristics, central venous catheter (CVC) types, and causative bacteria” Carolle Ngo Bell et al (2024).

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Needlestick injury and HIV infection risk – Full Text

“The current CDC recommendations for HIV infection treatment are antiretroviral therapies, such as an HIV postexposure prophylaxis regimen, which consists of a cocktail of antiretrovirals and postexposure prophylaxis immediately for occupational exposures, such as accidental needlestick exposure from an HIV infected patient” Abadie et al (2024).

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Rapid platelet and red cell administration

“Our study suggested that mixing ABO-incompatible platelets with RBCs in a rapid infuser does not induce in vitro hemolysis. These findings support the use of rapid infusers regardless of platelet compatibility in support of hemostatic resuscitation” Jung et al (2024).

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Evolution of ultrasound in anesthesia

“This article explores the evolving role of ultrasound technology in anesthesia. Ultrasound emerged decades ago, offering clinicians noninvasive, economical, radiation-free, and real-time imaging capabilities” Harutyunyan et al (2024).

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Venipuncture in adults guide

“The aims are to increase knowledge of the anatomical structures associated with venepuncture, demonstrate the clinical procedural technique of venepuncture, and provide an awareness of the dangers and complications of this invasive technique” Ford and Skarparis (2024).

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KiteLock 4% next generation IV lock solution

“KiteLock 4% catheter lock is a solution designed to combat the triple threat of infection, occlusion and biofilm. This locking solution is described as the only locking solution to provide cover for all three complications” Barton (2024).

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Immediate CVC insertion-related complications – Full Text

“This study showed that major immediate insertion-related complications, although not directly responsible for any death, were associated with increased 30-day, 90-day and 180-day mortality. These findings clearly demonstrate the importance of using all possible means to prevent avoidable insertion-related complications after central venous catheterisation” Ingefors et al (2024).

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Winged peripheral IV cannula review

“The case studies included with this article introduce Nipro’s Safetouch Cath Winged with Injection Port as a new cost-effective choice of PIVC, which is now available from NHS Supply Chain” Munoz-Mozas and Gabriel (2024).

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CHG IV dressing comparison – Full Text

“The aim of this study is to analyze the release rate of CHG and the antimicrobial activity of a novel CHG-releasing dressing, Oper film® protect CHG, and to compare these parameters to those of the dressing Tegaderm™ CHG in healthy volunteers” Masferrer et al (2024).

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Reducing venipuncture pain with music – Full Text

“Music interventions were associated with reduced venipuncture pain. Comparisons between types of acoustic stimulations revealed no significant differences. Therefore, music intervention could be a safe and inexpensive pain relief method for venipuncture” Yamada et al (2023).

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