Together, we can prevent the vast majority of primary bloodstream infections (BSIs). It is enough to focus on compliance with the catheter introduction procedures and on their sterility.
Intravascular catheters represent standardized tools in modern medicine. However, they can also become a means by which unwanted microorganisms enter the body. Mission: Infection Prevention provides the necessary solutions to manage infections associated with introduction of venous catheters (CR-BSI).
CR-BSI is the fourth most common HAI1
1 Suetens et al. Prevalence of healthcare-associated infection, estimated incidence and composite antimicrobial resistance index in acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities: results from two European point prevalence surveys, 2016 to 2017. Euro Surveill. 2018.
Costs related to CR-BSI
“In a recent study performed in four European countries, additional length of stay per CR-BSI episode varied between 4 and 14 days. Additional associated costs per episode ranged from €4.200 to €13.030, representing annual costs to health-care systems of between € 53.9 million in the United Kingdom and € 130 million in France.”2
2 Suetens et al. Prevalence of healthcare-associated infection, estimated incidence and composite antimicrobial resistance index in acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities: results from two European point prevalence surveys, 2016 to 2017. Euro Surveill. 2018.
Factors that influence the occurrence of CR-BSI
1. Risk factors for catheter insertion1
- Duration of introduction (risk increases from the 5th day of insertion)
- Number of lumens
- Place of introduction
- Composition of the applied solutions
- Factors on the part of the patient (obesity)
- Microbial colonization in nearby anatomical sites
2. Factors contributing to the risk of contamination1
- Non-compliance with aseptic techniques
- Deficiencies in hand hygiene during care and handling
- Incorrect use of the catheter dressing
3. Risk Groups
People with chronic diseases
Children up to 1 year of age
Adults over 60 years of age
People with weakened immunity system
4. Selected catheter type
Peripheral venous catheterization2
The incidence of local infections associated with peripheral catheterization is low, nevertheless complications due to the frequency of the use of the peripheral venous catheter (up to 70 % of hospitalized patients)3 represent a significant issue
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs)
PICCs are special venous catheters, introduced into a vein in the arm area and directed through a vein to the heart. However, they eliminate the risks associated with a central venous catheter.
It is a suitable alternative to peripheral catheterization in cases where a central venous catheter can lead to immediate complications for the patient. It features a minimal risk during insertion and a low risk of late complications.
Central venous catheterization2
Central venous catheterizations account for only 2% of all installed catheters, but cause 97% of all infectious complications.
2 MUDr. Jirouš Jaroslav: Prevence infekcí cévního řečiště spojených s intravaskulární katetrizací, Oddělení epidemiologie FN Plzeň.
Our CR-BSI solutions
Mission: Infection Prevention represents a comprehensive solution to infections associated with hospital care. We guide you through every step of our holistic approach.
For CR-BSI, a comprehensive solution is optimal
HARTMANN offers a set of products that help prevent bloodstream infections.
What you can improve through processes optimization
Optimized standard nursing procedure
Introducing Hand Hygiene Compliance
1. Proper hygienic hand disinfection
5 moments for hand hygiene
2. Hand hygiene compliance
Hand hygiene compliance means performing hand hygiene at the right time, in the right way and by means of the right method. However, there are a number of obstacles to increasing compliance.
Peripheral venous catheterization sets
Prepacked sets are designed to fit to the procedure, while respecting habits of care.NOTE: The availability of these products sets can vary for each market and needs to be checked locally.
Example of a set:
Without dressing materials
Without dressing materials
Without drape and tourniquet
Without drape and tourniquet
Online tools and monitoring
M: IP® Analysis
An online tool to search for suspected cases of HAI. Automatically, effortlessly, throughout the whole hospital and significantly more successfully compared to the manual method.
HARTMANN Hygiene Platform
My Hygiene SOP App
- Helps identify bottlenecks in introduced optimized standard nursing procedures.
- Provides immediate feedback as well as long-term statistics to evaluate quality indicators.
- Allows direct observation of hand hygiene practices according to the Five Moments of the WHO.
- Instantly displays compliance with each of the Five Hand Hygiene Moments by department or professional position.
We use scientific knowledge and, in cooperation with leading experts, we prepare individual seminars, consultations, optimized standard nursing procedures (SOP) and help you with their implementation in practice.
We also meet you regularly at industry conferences and congresses, where we bring the latest knowledge and present our innovative solutions and products.
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