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ICU patient

Helping to reduce the risk of secondary complications and minimize inefficiencies

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We recognize that you’re being asked to do far more with far less right now, and protecting health care providers with PPE continues to be our top priority. We’re also here to support you by helping to reduce the risk of secondary complications and minimize inefficiencies so that you can focus on what matters most – providing care to your patients.

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Explore guidelines, best practices and resources to help reduce the risk of secondary complications and minimize inefficiencies in the following areas:


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Clinician monitoring a patient with a catheter
Catheter-related complications

Every IV site presents the potential for infection, dislodgement, skin damage and other complications.

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Caring for and maintaining IV lines


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Securing critical tubes

  • In one study, 48.5% of patients had a nasogastric tube dislodgement.¹ Review tools and resources to properly select and apply the right securement for the patient and application:

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  • Critical Tube Securement Endotracheal Application video

    Critical Tube Securement Endotracheal Tube Application

  • Critical Tube Securement Nasogastric Application video

    Critical Tube Securement Nasogastric Application

  • Critical Tube Securement Foley Platform Application video

    Critical Tube Securement Indwelling Urinary Catheter Platform Application

  • Critical Tube Securement Surgical Drain Application video

    Critical Tube Securement Surgical Drain Application

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Clinician monitoring a patient with a pressure injury
Pressure injuries
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Up to 41% of ICU patients may develop a pressure injury (PI), and most are developed within the first week of admission.² When using prone positioning for patients, at-risk areas for PIs include medical device areas, face, knees, clavicles and pelvis.

  • Knowing how to properly assess and stage a PI, as outlined by the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP), is an important component in reducing patient/resident risk.

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  • References

    1. Pancordo-Hidalgo, P., Garcia-Fernandez, F., Ramirez-Perez, C. (2001). Complications associated with enteral nutrition by nasogastric tube in an internal medicine unit. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Site accessed February 3, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2702.2001.00498.x
    2. Cox J, Roche, S and Murphy V. (2018). Pressure Injury Risk Factors in Critical Care Patients: A Descriptive Analysis. Adv Skin & Wound Car,. 31(7): 328-334.

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