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Providing optimal care for patients with central catheters

Confused about central catheters? Here’s what you need to know.

MARS®: The new frontier in treating acute liver failure

A type of dialysis, MARS removes toxins and replaces lost liver functions.
Exposed to patient’s body fluids

Exposed to patient’s body fluids? Now what?

Learn how to protect yourself by taking the right steps if you are exposed to a patient’s body fluids.

Don’t get ‘caught’ in the CAUTI trap

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), the most common healthcare-associated infection, can be deadly.
Central lines troubleshooting complications

Central lines: Recognizing, preventing, and troubleshooting complications

Central lines can save lives. But dangerous complications can occur unless caregivers know how to identify, prevent, and solve potential problems.
Emergency cardiac drugs: Essential facts for med-surg nurses

Advocating for patients in an era of drug-delivery problems

Learn what steps you can take to help patients avoid drug contamination and cope with drug shortages.
Safe sharps disposal in the home

Safe sharps disposal in the home

Nurses can easily dispose of sharps in the hospital, but it’s not so easy for patients at home. Learn how you can educate patients to keep them safe and the environment healthy.

Study: Disinfecting caps reduce CLABSI rates

Using a disinfection cap (with isopropyl alcohol) on central line catheters significantly reduced central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates, according to a study in...

Study: Urinary catheterization high risk for UTI

A review article in December 2012’s Journal of Hospital Infection found that highest population-attributable risk percentage for urinary tract infection (UTI) was associated with...

Moving the Sharps Safety Agenda Forward: Consensus Statement and Call to Action

Note: This Consensus Statement and Call to Action was drafted by members of the steering committee* for the conference "Tenth Anniversary of the Needlestick...

Choosing wisely: Resources for selecting sharps safety devices

An essential part of a sharps safety program is selecting appropriate devices, such as safety needles. While no one device, feature, or mechanism of...

List of Supporting Organizations for Moving the Sharps Safety Agenda Forward in the...

Background: The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center (IHWSC) at the University of Virginia drafted and began circulating the consensus statement on sharps safety in...

To reduce sharps injuries, all of us must create a culture of safety in...

In the 12 years since passage of the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA), much progress has been made to reduce the risk...

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