As a veteran ED nurse, I too, had plenty of years of experience before earning the distinction as “the one to call for a tough stick”. Even then, I advocated for more practice so others would also be comfortable with the tough sticks - the patients with a known history of difficult IV starts, a disease process, illness or injury compromising their vasculature or hemodynamics, a history of IV drug abuse or ESRD (end stage renal disease) on hemodialysis or obesity.
Most patients admitted to a hospital come through the emergency department so their IV is already started when they arrive to the floor. Peripheral IVs are primarily used for infusion of fluids, medications, administration of blood products, and the withdrawal of blood.
Bruising from going through the vein, nerve or muscle injury from improper needle placement, tissue death from infiltrates, air embolism from unprimed line, infection from improper prep - these complications can be minimized with a shift in the paradigm of vascular access education and training.
BGEI/ReaLifeSim and VeinTrain are fully committed to help with this change providing provide affordable, scalable training globally.
This new strategic partnership brings best practices to vascular access simulation resulting in increased competency, increased patient safety, and decreased costs overall!
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