Vascular access devices (VADs) are medical devices that are placed under the skin to allow for repeated access to a patient’s veins. They are most commonly used in patients who require long-term intravenous (IV) therapy, such as those with cancer or chronic illnesses. VADs include peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs), implanted ports, and hemodialysis catheters.
When we don’t drink enough water, our body can no longer function as well as it should. The most common sign of dehydration is thirst because we want to replace the fluid we lose through sweat or urination. Other symptoms include headache, fatigue, dry mouth and dark urine. Sometimes people mistakenly think they are hungry
A patient satisfaction survey by Press Ganey Associates identifies that consistently one of the top ten complaints today relates to the venipuncture skills of clinicians. As is often the case, patients are labeled, and as if to warn clinicians call themselves, “a hard stick”. Patients and clinicians alike realize multiple sticks are painful, cause bruising,
By healthcare personnel taking a proactive approach in identifying patients early in the admission process, having PICC lines placed promptly provides many benefits for numerous entities. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following: decreased length of stay, operational costs, pain and discomfort while increasing patient satisfaction, profits, utilization of staff time, and response