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IV Leadership

News and updates from today’s IV Leadership Summit chaired by BBC Home Editor Mark Easton and focusing on national programmes and development aligned to Vascular Access and IV Therapy, including reducing complications associated with IV Therapy including Peripheral Lines, Critical Care and Community/OPAT, and reducing infection risk at all access points.

IV Therapy and Infection: National Update and Developments
Jan Hitchcock 
Vascular Access Lead Nurse, Infection Prevention & Control, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Pre Conference Abstract
IV Therapy and Infection, where are we now?

Reducing Infection in the NHS over the past 10 -15 years has been largely successful with a significant reduction in MRSA bacteraemia and C difficile rates, the focus is now on reducing gram negative bacteraemia rates, when this was announced in 2016, the goal was to reduce the number by half in 2020, PHE had reviewed this and the target is no 2024

So how are we doing this, in 2017 NHS I produced an improvement resource that was suggestive as opposed to prescriptive leaving organisations to work through this depending on their patient cohorts, some organisations have made significant progress and are now presenting their work,  sharing of good and successful  practice. The reduction in any  healthcare acquired infection however depends on good infection control practices and at the forefront of this is hand hygiene.

When organisations report hand hygiene compliance to be 100% this is not in line with published data . In order for any reduction simple strategies are often overlooked as the need to have a “big bang” approach to achieve a target.

How then does all fit in the newly published NHS 10 year plan and how does this relate to vascular access teams/services.  We are already achieving in some way part of this plan in having services closer to the patients in community settings  and have been doing this for several, but how can we increase this, thinking innovatively, greater collaborative working with hospital and community team,  but also with on ourselves, sharing best practice amongst ourselves and wider groups.
Full PowerPoint Presentation

IV Therapy: 2019 update
Andrew Barton
, Chair, NIVAS, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Vascular Access and IV Therapy Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Full PowerPoint Presentation

Reducing complications associated with peripheral lines
Helen Harker, 
Senior Nurse IV Access, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Pre Conference Abstract
Reducing complications associated with peripheral venous catheters 

This workshop will determine and identify potential related PVC complications.  The session will explore the causes, prevention, minimisation and management of some of the most hazardous and costly outcomes in healthcare delivery (Loveday et al, 2014).  Case studies illustrating patient and health professional experiences will be discussed, with audience participation invited.    

Reducing Complications in IV Therapy in Community/OPAT
Sue Rowlands, 
IV/OPAT Team Lead, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Pre Conference Abstract
Community line care workshop
Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy is a well recognized care pathway for suitable patients who are able to be discharged to the home environment whilst still receiving intravenous antibiotics.

This workshop will inform practitioners of relevant basic guidelines, and explore differing models of care delivery, with an emphasis on infection prevention issues.

It will also enable the group to work together to explore and investigate ways to overcome the practical challenges attached to the implementation of high quality vascular access device care within the community setting.