We are living in a time of unprecedented events. COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it and is forcing us to make changes to the way we function. It is testing the creativity and innovation of the human mind. The medical industry is evolving because of this virus and testing the limits of what we can achieve.
One of the major problems that health facilities are facing right now is the lack of PPE. Equipment that should be single-use, disposable PPE is being reused again and again. Healthcare practitioners frequently check and adjust IV pumps of their patients, requiring them to enter the patient’s room, donning new PPE with every entry. As a way to conserve PPE and reduce contamination, some hospitals have decided to place the IV pumps outside of the patients’ rooms.
IV pumps are notorious for false alarms and needing to be reset. When this occurs, staff is required to enter the room to investigate the alarm, increasing unnecessary contamination risk, and wasting precious PPE. One hospital, Baptist Memphis, moved their IV pumps outside the rooms. They are using extended tubing and running them through the door jams. Although this method protects the health care practitioners and saves PPE, it can make way for more problems, like catheter dislodgement. One Baptist Memphis nurse kept track of how many times he checked or adjusted a patient’s IV pump without having to enter the room. He counted 12 times. In terms of reducing risk and PPE usage, 12 less contacts is absolutely phenomenal. But, how does this practice affect IV site assessment, like checking the integrity of the catheter, dressing, and securement device? Catheters can be easily dislodged when using extended tubing due to the additional weight and length. When the IV pump is outside of the room, there are more opportunities for the tubing to become caught on things or tangled, all of which can lead to the catheter being pulled out of place.
If you are planning on adopting this practice of putting IV pumps outside of the room, be sure to utilize a catheter securement device that is strong and trustworthy. Clik-FIX catheter securement devices are known to stabilize and secure better than the market-leading devices. Clik-FIX was evaluated for its motion reduction properties and found to be 650% better at pistoning prevention, 46% stronger in pull force testing, and 73% more durable in product function testing. The Clik-FIX PICC/Central catheter securement device is engineered to withstand a pull force of greater than 8 pounds. Using such securement devices in conjunction with the IV pumps outside the room strategy can help prevent contamination risk, PPE use, and movement-related catheter complications. You can place the IV pump outside the room and worry less about the extended tubing leading to inadvertent tugs and pulls on the catheter.
Choose Clik-FIX catheter securement devices, for your safety and the patient’s.