Peripheral Catheter Bundles: Buzzwords or Best Practice?

Recorded On: 07/06/2022

With the growing recognition of the infection risks of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVC), many hospitals are implementing PIVC insertion and maintenance bundles. This presentation will review the evidence for PIVC bundles, discuss the essential components for such a bundle, explore implementation challenges, and emphasize compliance strategies. Infusion nurses who are considering implementing a PIVC insertion or maintenance bundle will benefit from this presentation.

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

1.     Describe the common reasons for PIVC failure and the prevalence of PIVC bloodstream infection.

2.     Review the history and rationale of the evidence-based bundle for bloodstream infection reduction.

3.     Discuss the rationale for implementing a PIVC insertion and maintenance bundle.

4.     Identify bundle components which have demonstrated reductions in PIVC–related bloodstream infection and other adverse events.

5.     Discuss the challenges of bundle implementation and possible strategies to achieve compliance.

Gillian Ray-Barruel, PhD, RN

Senior Research Fellow

University of Queensland School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work

Gillian Ray-Barruel, PhD, RN, is a senior research fellow with the University of Queensland School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Work and the Herston Infectious Diseases Institute (HeIDI), and an adjunct senior research fellow with Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She is also the education director for the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR). An experienced critical care nurse for 20 years, Dr. Ray-Barruel moved into vascular access research over 10 years ago and has published over 60 journal articles. Her research focuses on improving assessment and decision-making by clinicians to prevent device-related patient complications and to improve health care outcomes.

CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: July 6, 2025

To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.

The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.


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