Think Safety, Insert Safely: Recommendations for Improving Safety Practices with Short Peripheral Catheters
Recorded on February 4, 2014
THINK Safety, INSERT Safely – Recommendations for Improving Safety Practices with Short Peripheral Catheters

This session has been approved for 0.8 contact hours and 1.0 CRNI® recertification units

Developed through a nursing education grant from BD Medical, this 60 minute webinar will focus on improving safety practices with short peripheral catheters.

Recommendations for Frequency of Assessment of the Short Peripheral Catheter Site
Recorded on September 18, 2012
This session has been approved for 0.8 contact hours and 1 CRNI® recertification unit.

Complications associated with peripheral IV catheter use are well known including phlebitis, infiltration/extravasation, and infection. Ongoing and regular assessment is essential to identify early signs and symptoms and ensure prompt intervention including catheter removal.

Treatment Options for Gout: An Overview for Infusion and Rheumatology Nurses
Recorded on May 3, 2011
Developed in conjunction with the Rheumatology Nurses Society (RNS) and presented by Victoria Ruffing, RN, Nurse Manager, Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, this program will focus on the roles of the infusion and rheumatology nursing communities in the treatment of gout.

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2013 One-Day Program: Development of Competencies for Special Populations
Recorded on November 8, 2013
Competencies provide guidelines for safe care of the infusion patient based on skills needed to provide that care. Competence is defined in terms of adequately adapting to tasks on general and domain-specific levels. Age-specific competency demonstrates an understanding of the physical, psychosocial, and learning needs of the patient at different ages. The Joint Commission requires organizations to provide education and competency validation to assure safe and effective age-specific, culturally sensitive, and population-specific patient care. This session will discuss the meaning, development, implementation, and evaluation of competencies for special populations.

2013 One-Day Program: Technology Strategies Across the Continuum
Recorded on November 8, 2013
Changes in health care are compelling infusion nurses to provide care across the continuum, from acute care to home care. Part of the challenge is obtaining and maintaining infusion and vascular access throughout the ordered treatment. Multiple technological strategies for insertion and maintenance have been developed and implemented to improve patient outcomes in all patient populations. This session will discuss technological strategies to improve patient outcomes across the care continuum in infusion therapy.

2013 One-Day Program: Infusion Considerations for the Older Adult
Recorded on November 8, 2013
With the increased focus on improved outcomes, the number of older and geriatric adults in society grows every year. According to HealthlyPeople.gov, among the top ten causes of death in people over age 65 of all races are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, nephritis, and sepsis. In addition to the usual expectations for safe care, the older adult requires assessment regarding vasculature, cognitive awareness and understanding, and medication safety. The infusion nurse caring for the older adult in all settings has the ability to affect outcomes related to safe patient care and infusion therapy. This session will discuss infusion considerations in the older adult related to vasculature, cognition, pharmacy, and ethics.

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The Educational Resources section of the INS Knowledge Center provides links to many online educational programs and tools, some of which have been developed by commercial entities. This section will give the infusion professional access to a wide variety of infusion-related material that will help increase her/his knowledge base.

Navigating the Depths: Ultrasound-Guided Short PIV Insertions – Implications and Limitations for Practice
Recorded on November 9, 2013
Dr. Robert Dawson, an expert and consultant in the area of vascular access, will review and discuss practice-related concerns associated with new technology and procedures of ultrasound-guided peripheral IV insertion, while highlighting standardized approaches to patient assessment and specific techniques for vessel access.

Cytotoxic Exposure and Healthcare Worker Safety Infographic
Recorded on June 11, 2013
Cancer drugs are saving patient’s lives but exposure to these drugs puts workers at risk for developing adverse health effects. Download this free infographic, compliments of B.Braun, to learn more about the risks and steps you and your colleagues can take to reduce cytotoxic exposure.

BioFlo™ PICC: A Durable and Disruptive Technology Designed to Reduce the Accumulation of Thrombus
Recorded on May 21, 2013
Upper-extremity DVT has become more common over the last several decades in proportion to the increase in use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), and companies are responding with advances in technology. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance to Navilyst Medical Inc., an AngioDynamics company, for the BioFlo™ PICC, which uses Endexo Technology to minimize the accumulation of blood components such as thrombus on the catheter interior and outer surfaces.

Extravasation with Power Injection: Techniques and Technology to Mitigate Risks
Recorded on May 2, 2012
The incidence of extravasation of contrast media has increased since the introduction of power injection. Published rates are low; however, the high number of computed tomography procedures puts many patients at risk. The outcomes for an individual patient can be devastating and long-lasting.

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