Category Archives: CRBSI

IV Catheter Is Found to Reduce Bloodstream Infections and Treatment Costs

A recent study found that a central venous catheter (CVC) designed to reduce bloodstream infections totally eliminated them at a hospital in Spain. The antimicrobial CVC also sharply reduced treatment costs related to the infections, compared to the unprotected CVC … Continue reading

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Expanding Scope of Practice for Vascular Access Specialists Can Improve Quality Care

Part 2 of a two-part post. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, is 906 pages long. But amidst all that detail are a few driving goals. One of those is something few would argue with: higher … Continue reading

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How Vascular Access Clinicians Can Help Hospitals Avoid Infection Penalties

At the recent annual meeting of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), speaker Leslie Schultz, Director of the Safety Institute at Premier, Inc., introduced a provocative idea. Vascular access professionals, she said, can help their employers avoid the substantial financial … Continue reading

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What Does Healthcare Transformation Mean for Risk Managers?

The Affordable Care Act isn’t the only factor shaping the changing world of healthcare risk managers. Other influences —consolidation, cost reduction, and realignment of risk—are also crucial. Continue reading

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CMS Publishing Bloodstream Infection Rates at Hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has started to publish, for the first time ever, data showing how hospitals nationwide compare in their rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in their intensive care units (ICUs). The … Continue reading

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Wise Foundation Receives Grant from Association for Vascular Access

One of the pleasures of working in healthcare PR is the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations. We’ve done this in the fields of breast cancer, prostate cancer and vascular access. Having worked previously for the Association for Vascular Access … Continue reading

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Study ID’s Potent IV Weapon To Prevent Bloodstream Infections

When one or two hospitals get good results with a new method for preventing infections, it’s “interesting.” When 12 do, it’s time to call the method “important.” Which is the conclusion Gregory Schears, M.D. of Rochester, Minn. reached about his … Continue reading

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