June 5, 2022

Sun, Jun 5 at 10:00 am EDT
Compassionate Care of the Patient with a History of Substance Use

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Overview

It is estimated that more than 1.6 million people in the United States have an opioid addiction.   As the availability of prescription opioids decreases each year, there has been a rise in the use of heroin and other illicit injectable drugs. When these patients present with cellulitis, endocarditis, and other illnesses which require a vascular access device and intravenous therapy, it becomes a costly challenge for our hospitals. This session will address what hospitals are doing to provide effective, efficient, and compassionate care to these patients.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 

  1. Quantify the substance use problem in the United States 
  2. Discuss the resources needed to care for the patient with a substance use history as an inpatient
  3. Identify cost-effective strategies to protect the patient, the nurse, and the facility when caring for a patient with a history of substance use

Speaker(s)

Chris Cavanaugh,

Sun, Jun 5 at 10:00 am EDT
Using Antimicrobial Dressings to Decrease Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infections (CRBSIs)

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Overview

Estimating the number of preventable CRBSIs associated with all vascular access devices (VADs) is difficult due to the lack of available surveillance data. Currently, central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are the only national reporting requirement related to VADs. While the prevalence and impact of CLABSIs alone is concerning, there remains an unknown and likely significant number of preventable infections associated with noncentral VADs. To prevent CRBSIs, it is critical that all VADs remain protected throughout the life of the catheter. An effective way to accomplish this is using antimicrobial dressings. In this session, clinicians will understand how CRBSI protection may be advanced through a review of evidence-based practices and the latest advancement in antimicrobial dressing formulations.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

1.     Describe the main causes of CRBSIs and how they develop

2.     Recognize how an in-depth review of the latest antimicrobial dressing studies supports the use of antimicrobial dressings in the prevention of CRBSIs

3.     Discuss the need for a national expansion of an evidence-based bacteremia prevention initiative for ALL vascular access devices

Speaker(s)

Robert Garcia,

Sun, Jun 5 at 11:15 am EDT
Your Role in Implementing ANTT to Prevent Patient Infection

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Overview

Preventable infection caused by ineffective standards of aseptic technique remain a concern for health care organizations globally. Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT) was originated to address ambiguities in education and shortfalls in clinical practice in order to help reduce preventable infection and patient harm. The ANTT Clinical Practice Framework is now used in over 30 countries and is a new clinical standard in the INS 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. In this session, attendees will learn how to implement ANTT into small teams and large organizations.

 Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, the learner will be able to:

1.     Articulate what ANTT is and describe why and how it helps prevent patient harm

2.     Detail what the main recommendations for ANTT are in the INS Standards

3.     Discuss how best to motivate their organization to introduce ANTT

4.     Explain how to implement ANTT in all practice settings

Speaker(s)

Stephen Rowley,

Simon Clare,

Sun, Jun 5 at 11:15 am EDT
The Big Picture of a Small Device: How to Identify and Overcome Short PIVC Failure

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Overview

Short peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) culture has not changed in fifty years. If a PIVC fails, we just start another, despite the high complication and failure rate. Sadly, many complications go unnoticed, and those reported are just the tip of the iceberg—and at what cost? The number and extent of complications and the financial burden of catheter failure may go deeper than currently understood. Join us for “The Big Picture of a Small Device,” and open your eyes to what lies beneath the skin.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the culture of short PIVCs and why overcoming short PIVC failures is difficult
  • Discuss what happens inside the vein and the relationship between reported incidence of complications and actual practice
  • Summarize both the financial cost and patient outcomes involved with poor short PIVC care
  • Discuss implementation practices regarding short PIVC placement and management to improve outcomes and reduce costs


Contact Hours: 1

CRNI® RUs: 2

Speaker(s)

S. Matthew Gibson, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, CPUI, CEO

Sun, Jun 5 at 1:30 pm EDT
Teamwork to Prevent CLABSIs During the COVID Surge

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Overview

During the COVID surge, a hospital-based team of infection preventionists detected an increase in the number of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI). With the support of clinical leadership, a team of chemotherapy infusion therapy RNs began performing daily rounds on midline and central vascular access devices (CVADs) in our hospitalized patients. Rounds that were performed after the infusion nurses’ intervention revealed improvement in compliance with CVAD maintenance bundle and a significant reduction in rate of ICU CLABSI. This session will demonstrate how, through a collaborative effort, infection preventionists and infusion RNs can improve compliance with a CVAD maintenance bundle and decrease CLABSI rates.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

1.     Identify issues related to compliance with the CVAD bundle

2.     Describe measures to promote interprofessional partnership in implementing strategies to address infection prevention issues Implement effective strategies to prevent CLABSIs and evaluate the outcomes of these interventions.

Speaker(s)

​Marie K. Moss,

Sun, Jun 5 at 1:30 pm EDT
The Infusion Nurse’s Role in Clinical Trials

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Overview

Medical research is conducted through clinical trials in which new medications, devices, treatments, and tests are studied for their safety and effectiveness on human health. These trials are an essential step in bringing new products to health care and the nurse plays in integral part in the clinical trial process whether as a researcher, study coordinator, clinical trial nurse, or staff nurse. Often there is a knowledge gap within the nursing profession as to how a new medical treatment made its way to the bedside either as part of a study or as an approved treatment. In this session, we will discuss the clinical trial process and the nurse’s role within the process.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss bioethics-associated clinical research on human participants
  2. Describe the 4 stages of clinical trials
  3. Identify at least 5 types of clinical trials
  4. Identify barriers to successful clinical trials
  5. Define the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) role in clinical trials
  6. Articulate the importance of the nurse’s role in clinical trials
Speaker(s)

Doyle Bosque,

Sun, Jun 5 at 2:45 pm EDT
Optimizing the Effectiveness of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters (PIVCs)

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Overview

Hospitalized adult patients often require more than 1 PIVC to complete the prescribed intravenous (IV) therapy due to catheter failure and the practice of routinely replacing PIVCs. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to increase the number of PIVCs dwelling for the entire duration of the IV therapy in hospitalized adult patients using a bundled approach. In order to reduce the number of PIVC insertions and catheter failures, clinicians implemented an engineered securement device, educated staff pertaining to modifiable risk factors, and changed the practice to remove PIVCs upon clinical indication. This session will allow the learner to identify methods to safely increase the dwell time for PIVCs.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

1.     Identify two interventions utilized to reduce the number of PIVCs per patient

2.     Summarize the cumulative outcomes of the interventions including reducing the number of PIVCs per patient, catheter failures, central line bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates, cost savings, and location and gauge risk of failure

3.     List two change management methods utilized to implement the quality improvement initiative at the rural hospital

Speaker(s)

Carrie Kollar,

Sun, Jun 5 at 2:45 pm EDT
Iron Deficiency in the Bariatric Patient

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Overview

The prevalence of obesity has risen exponentially over the past several decades, also leading to a significant rise in the number of bariatric procedures performed for weight loss and comorbidity abatement. The association between obesity and iron deficiency, as well as iron deficiency as a long-term effect of bariatric procedures, is just now being fully appreciated, which is leading to a rapid increase in the use of intravenous iron. Best patient outcomes result when the infusion nurse is knowledgeable about the etiology behind the treatment and the safety issues related to iron infusion therapy. This session will describe the relationship between obesity and iron deficiency, explain the ways in which bariatric procedures cause iron deficiency, and provide guidance for the safe provision of intravenous iron infusions to this patient population. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

1.     Discuss the relationship between obesity and iron deficiency

2.     Explain three bariatric surgical procedures that can result in iron deficiency

3.     Assess a patient for 3 symptoms of iron deficiency anemia

4.     Recognize the indications for intravenous iron replacement Describe at least two potential complications of iron administration and appropriate interventions

Speaker(s)

​Pamela Clark,

Sun, Jun 5 at 4:00 pm EDT
Early Recognition and Management of Sepsis: 2022 Update

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Overview

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition which requires immediate intervention. If not promptly treated, patients with sepsis can experience shock, organ failure, or even death. Whether sepsis is identified in the community or in acute care, decreasing the time in which the patient with sepsis obtains necessarily treatment is critical. In this session, we will discuss sepsis assessment tools, the most recent sepsis related guidance, and initiatives and community awareness education.

 Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 

1.     Describe sepsis condition, existing tools, and criteria related to the hospital admission of a sepsis suspected patient

2.     Discuss effectiveness of monitoring and preventing measures within hospitals according to new sepsis guidelines

3.      Explain the importance community awareness education

Speaker(s)

Kathleen Vollman,

Sun, Jun 5 at 4:00 pm EDT
Advances in Blood Culture Practice with Antimicrobial Stewardship

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Overview

Reducing contamination incidence in blood culture, an immediate health care priority, is solvable with available techniques and technology. While nearly all patients with suspected bloodstream infection have blood cultured, contamination is substantially more prevalent in communities without access to dedicated (and expensive) phlebotomy teams and is thus substantially more costly to communities with fewer personnel and financing resources. Antibiotic resistance is a global concern and antimicrobial stewardship must be a global initiative with proactive investments. To illustrate with a practice-pertinent example, in patient safety we invoke the current state of blood culture, where contamination may be eliminated with the adoption of cost-saving techniques and technology, but a lack of awareness and outdated standards have impeded uptake. This session will provide nurses with knowledge on specific guidelines and interventions to reduce specimen contamination during blood culture procedure.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 

1.     Recognize that outdated blood culture practice standards have led to negative local and global consequences for patient safety, health care equity, and antimicrobial stewardship

2.     Describe how modern tools and techniques can circumvent the collapse of blood culture protocol that frequently occurs in the presence of environmental stressors associated with nursing

3.     Explain strategies to meet blood culture practice targets that sustainably exceed both established and anticipated quality standards

Speaker(s)

Tammy Johnson,

June 6, 2022 | veINS 2022 Virtual Track: Reaching the Next-Level in Infusion Practice

Mon, Jun 6 at 10:00 am EDT
veINS Track: One Goal, One Vessel, One Cannulation, One VAD

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Overview

Establishing a goal of one vessel, one catheter to complete the prescribed therapy requires careful assessment, careful selection, and proficient insertion of the most appropriate catheter size and length. Technology used with catheter materials, needleless connectors, and management practices can extend or limit catheter life, and consideration of a hemodilution ratio, as outlined by Roethlisberger, may help to evaluate the optimal location for catheter insertion and infusion of the treatment plan designed to achieve the one goal. In this session, we will discuss characteristics of optimal vein selection incorporating the INS Standards regarding insertion and vein visualization; consider VAD technology and management practices; and explore the impact of hemodilution upon one cannulation, one vessel, one VAD.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 

·      Explore the characteristics of optimal vein selection including quantitative assessment of size, flow, and valve locations

·      Discuss INS Standards and evidence for selection and recommended forearm placement for peripheral intravenous catheters

·      Explain the 4Vs of hemodilution and the 3:1 ratio to achieve one vessel, one cannulation, one VAD

Speaker(s)

Nancy Moureau,

Mon, Jun 6 at 11:15 am EDT
veINS Track: Solutions to Problematic Peripherals

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Overview

With the rapid expansion of an ultrasound to guide vein cannulation, first-time access success rates have improved. However, this has also led to some problematic peripheral vascular access device placements. Due to the invasiveness of the procedure and the risks associated with it, adherence to a systematic process on all cannulation under ultrasound guidance is optimal to promote the success of device utilization and the health of the vein. Proper sequence, prompt assessment, and ongoing evaluation ensure the enhancement of patient satisfaction, reduce risks, and deliver quality of care. 

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 

1.     Describe clinical assessment parameters for the difficult intravenous access patient and probe technique that maximizes acoustic return improving visualization

2.     Explain how rounding on all vascular access devices (VAD) has reduced our incidence for complications as it relates to the appropriate device

3.     Verbalize common problems associated with ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous catheter and midline insertions 

4.     Discuss how disseminating the standards of practice with proper technique and VAD knowledge contributes to better outcomes

Speaker(s)

​Joseph Bunch,

Mon, Jun 6 at 1:30 pm EDT
veINS Track: Expert VAD Assessment and Management

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Overview

Because of the invasive nature and the pervasive use of vascular access devices (VADs) in all health care settings, use of expert assessment skills throughout the life of each VAD is crucial to enhance patient safety and optimize VAD function. Knowledge of VAD-related complications and associated risk factors is essential to ensure proper VAD function and to mitigate potential patient harm through early recognition. Once a particular VAD is selected and successfully placed, continued assessment based on VAD, on the patient, and on infusate risks is crucial. This talk will review VAD-related complications and related global VAD assessment parameters that are utilized to optimize patient outcomes. These concepts will then be applied to the proper assessment and management of peripheral and central VADs in a variety of clinical settings.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to:

· Describe global VAD assessment parameters that will enhance optimal VAD function and early recognition of complications

· Discuss utilization of patient and infusate-based assessment parameters to improve peripheral IV management

· Relate the use of device-specific CVAD assessment criteria to optimal device performance and positive patient outcomes

Speaker(s)

Barb Nickel,

Mon, Jun 6 at 2:45 pm EDT
veINS Track: Don’t Wait for a Mandate for PIVC Infection Surveillance

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Overview

Hospitals have been collecting data on central line associated complications, most notably central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) for many years; however, many do not include PIVC infection surveillance in their scope. Although not yet mandated in the United States at the federal level, clinicians are encouraged to review strategies for collecting and reporting this data to help drive progress in improving safety across all vascular access and infusion activities to enhance vessel health and preservation. In this session, we will review the current literature on PIVC-related infections and complications, discuss strategies for conducting surveillance, and explain how to use of the data to improve patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 

·      Describe the current literature on PIVC-related infections and other complications

·      Discuss strategies for conducting surveillance on PIVC infections

·      Explain how to use the surveillance data to advocate for your patients

Speaker(s)

Chelle DeVries,

Mon, Jun 6 at 4:00 pm EDT
veINS Track: Cost-Effective Delivery of Infusion Therapy

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Overview

“Waste is endemic in health care” was a statement was made by Derek Foley, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement when he put out a call to action to reduce waste in the US health care system. All this waste is leading to a higher cost to deliver care and creating urgency for all health systems to examine this issue. At an 867-bed, level-1 trauma center in Connecticut, one vascular access specialty team (VAST) has been documenting waste reduction. As a result, this VAST has demonstrated cost reductions and is saving bedside staff nurses’ time, resulting in more quality time spent with patients. With these waste reduction initiatives, this VAST has increased their revenue budget by approximately 8 million over the past 2 years and has increased the team size by 67% since 2015. In this presentation, you will be guided through this VAST’s 7-year journey describing all the initiatives that led the growth of this VAST.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, learners will be able to: 

  • Describe lean thinking and the importance it has in health care in reducing waste and nonvalue added activities
  • Explore all the ways a VAST can show support of key hospital objectives through the care they provide, using lean thinking to drive and sustain their improvement initiatives
  • Explain how a VAST can collect and use data to assure they are viewed as a value-added entity to their health care institution
Speaker(s)

​Lee Steere,