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Vascular Access Kits with Safety Components

Kits providing safety products that help minimize the risk of sharps injuries associated with gaining vascular access.

 

Vascular Visualization

New technologies are now available that allow physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals to visualize veins through the skin allowing access to the vasculature without multiple sticks.  This can prevent needlestick injuries by reducing the number of sticks necessary to achieve vascular access.

 

Vial Access Adapters

The standard method of withdrawing fluid from a medicine vial unnecessarily exposes healthcare workers to needlestick injuries. This is typically done by pushing a needle into the rubber stopper of the vial and turning the vial upside down.  Air is injected into the vial. The syringe plunger is withdrawn pulling medicine into the syringe.  After removing any unwanted air the syringe is used to make an injection.  Newer devices eliminate the needle and allow withdrawal of medicine directly into the syringe without exposing healthcare workers to needlestick injuries.

 

Vial Holder

One of the challenges of removing medication from a vial is that someone has to hold the vial while a syringe and needle are directed toward their hand! A vial holder safely holds the vial in position while the needle and syringe are directed towards the rubber stopper.  No one is required to be in the line of fire any longer.

 

Winged Set for Blood Collection

Designed for safe access to the vasculature, Safety Winged Sets for Blood collection allow for access to a patient's vasculature while protecting the clinician following removal from patient's vein.

  • BD Vacutainer Push Button Blood Collection Set, BD Vacutainer Safety-Lok Blood Collection Set,; BD, www.bd.com

  • K-Shield Advantage Winged Needle Blood Collection Set; Kawasumi Laboratories America, Inc.,www.kawasumiamerica.com

  • Monoject Angel Wing Safety Blood Collection Set; Covidien,www.kendallsharpsafety.com

  • Multifly Blood Collection; Sarstedt, Inc., www.sarstedt.com

  • Punctur-Guard Winged Set for Blood Collection; Gaven Medical;www.gavenmedical.com

  • Saf-T Wing Blood Collection; Smiths Medical, www.smiths-medical.com

  • Safe Touch Safety Blood Collection Set; Nipro Medical Corporation, www.nipro.com

  • Surshield Safety Winged Blood Collection Set; SurShield™ Safety Winged Blood Collection set, Terumo Medical Corporation, www.terumotmp.com

  • Vacuette Safety Blood Collection Set; Greiner Bio-One,www.gbo.com/preanalytics

  • VAKU-8 Plus Safety Blood Collection Set;Unolok Plus Safety Winged Infusion Set; MYCO Medical Supplies, Inc.; www.mycomedical.com

 

Winged Set for Infusion

Designed for safe access to the vasculature, Safety Winged Sets for infusion allow for access to a patient's vasculature while protecting the clinician following removal from patient's vein.

 

Wound Closure, Glue

Cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive have been used for years to form a strong bond across apposed wound edges, allowing normal healing to occur below. It canbe used to replace sutures that are for incisional or laceration repair. This adhesive has been shown to save time during wound repair, to provide a flexible water-resistant protective coating and to eliminate the need for suture removal.

 

Wound Closure, Other

After using metal skin staples to close an incision or laceration the metal staples had to be removed post-operatively creating accidental sharps injury opportunities.  New skin closure technologies exist where an absorbable skin staple is used that has the rapid closure times associated with metal skin staplers, while eliminating the need for metal staple removal post-operatively.

 

Wound Closure, Tape

Pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes have been used for closing minor wounds or covering abrasions for a number of years. In some instances, microporous or breathable, pressure-sensitive tapes have been developed and are used to cover minor wounds or wounds that have been partially healed. At times such tapes have been used in conjunction with sutures to close major wounds. In other cases the wound is initially closed with sutures or staples which are removed a few days after surgery and the wound is then supported or reinforced with surgical tape. Such a practice allows drainage of the wound and very often improves the cosmetic results of the surgery.

 

Wound Closure Technologies

New technologies for sealing tissues that supplement or replace traditional methods of wound closure. These alternate technologies include taping systems, synthetic super glues, energy-based modalities capable of melding tissues together and a variety of alternative technologies that can replace traditional sutures and staples.

  • Steri-Strip S Surgical Skin Closure; 3M, www.3m.com/

 

Wound Irrigation

Wound irrigation has typically been accomplished with a syringe and a hypodermic needle to generate the 8-12 psi fluid stream that is recommended for cleaning out wounds. This standard method, unfortunately, also showers the clinician with splashed irrigation fluid that is contaminated with the patient’s blood. This presents an unacceptable exposure to mucocutaneous splashes and the potential of an accidental needlestick from the hypodermic needle. New systems can quickly deliver irrigation solutions that can adequately cleanse the wound without the use of a needle.

 

Wound Irrigation Basin

It is important to capture blood and irrigating fluid when cleansing a wound. Safety products are available that retain fluid run off so that it does not contaminate the healthcare worker and others.

 

© 2012 ISIPS, International Sharps Injury Prevention Society and Ron Stoker

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