Port-related infections are something no patient hopes to get, and something that no care team wants to see. iVantage Health Analytics learned how a twenty three bed rural critical access hospital's focus on prevention has paid off.
How did they do it? They developed a port policy and a comprehensive education program for all staff. There are 3 components of the program:
- Port Access Policy/ Education: Attended by all staff during a Skills Fair. Topics include demonstrating port access; site care; troubleshooting of port and practice guidelines.
- Improvements to the Port Access Trays: A separate port lab draw tray is available; directions for port access for the staff are included; and a mask for the patient is included on the tray.
- Sterile Technique: Port access is done with sterile technique.
Did these efforts work? Yes! This hospital has been free of port infections since 1985!
See more detail and this hospital's policy for implanted port access on our KnowledgeWeb. Contact us if you'd like to join in.
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