The Trifecta of Collaboration: Skin Integrity, Infection Prevention, and Vascular Access

Recorded On: 05/21/2018

This session will illustrate the importance of collaboration between three professions with different ideologies and a passion for patient care. A vascular access specialist, an infection preventionist, and a skin integrity nurse practitioner identified a need and collaborated to prevent central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs), medical adhesive-related skin injuries (MARSIs), and moisture-associated skin damage (MASD). Each served as the content expert (CE) for their specialty, while considering the needs and guidelines of the other specialties. The vascular access specialist provided guidance for care of central catheters based on the Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice published by INS. The infection preventionist provided guidance based on CLABSI prevention guidelines published by the Association of Professionals in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology. The skin integrity nurse practitioner provided diagnosis, treatment, and guidance related to the prevention of MARSI and MASD according to the standards of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society and guidelines published by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. The collaborative efforts of the three professionals proved beneficial for patients and educational for each CE.

Learning Outcomes

After the session, attendees will be able to name two techniques that enhance the care of central vascular access devices and compare and contrast three professional viewpoints on catheter care.

Robin Huneke Rosenberg, MA, RN-BC, CRNI®, VA-BC


Adriene Thornton, MA, BSN, RN, CIC®

Children's Minnesota

CRNI® RUs: 2                                                                       
This entire program has been approved for 2 CRNI® recertification units and meets the INS Meeting criteria.                                                          
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2018 in Cleveland, OH are not eligible to receive CRNI® recertification units through this online program.

Contact Hours: 1                                                               
*Note: Participants who attended the live version of this program at INS 2018 in Cleveland, OH are not eligible to receive contact hours through this online program.

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 22, 2021


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