Site/Device Care and Maintenance
Our Site/Device Care and Maintenance category is comprised of programs that relate to the daily care and assessment of insertion sites. These educational programs were developed for the clinicians who are responsible for the patient once a vascular access device has been placed.
Programs classified as Care and Maintenance programs include:
• Care and Maintenance (2.0 CE) -This video-based program reviews all maintenance steps required for the daily care of PICCs, from flushing and checking blood return to performing a dressing change.
• Complications (2.0 CE) -This video-based program reviews the most common complications associated with PICCs, how to identify them and what to do if signs of complication arise.
• Site Assessment (1.0 CE) – This webinar-based program reviews why and how a site assessment is performed and what information should be documented in the patient’s records after each site assessment.
• Management of Non-Thrombotic Occlusions (1.0 CE) -This webinar-based program teaches the clinician what a non-thrombotic occlusion is, how to identify it and what to do if a non-thrombotic occlusion occurs.
• Management of Thrombotic Occlusions (1.0 CE) -This webinar-based program teaches the clinician what a thrombotic occlusion is, reviews the various types of thrombotic occlusions, teaches the clinician how to identify a thrombotic occlusion and what to do if a thrombotic occlusion occurs.
• Safe IV Patient Care (1.0 CE) -This webinar-based program reviews the steps that can be taken by clinicians daily to reduce the risk of infection, occlusion and other complications. It includes the importance of aseptic technique, daily assessment of insertion site, dressing and catheter function. It also provides a detailed review for flushing a catheter, a daily necessity in the war against infections and complications.
• Vascular Access Device Selection (1.0 CE)- The goal of intentional device selection is to purposefully choose the specific device that is the best choice resulting in the best outcomes for a patient in a particular situation. Intentional device selection is promoted by all vascular access agencies. Here are a few examples. According to the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO, 2004), we are to choose the least invasive device with the lowest risk of complications which will last the duration of therapy or be managed with minimal replacements. This program covers various aspects of selecting the least invasive and lowest risks devices for safe patient IV therapies.
All programs require the successful completion of a post-test exam prior to receiving education credits.