Preventing Bloodstream Infections and Sepsis

Nurse hanging up IV antibiotics to treat a patient who has developed sepsis from a bloodstream infection.

Healthcare-associated bloodstream infections, if not identified and treated quickly enough, can lead to the development of sepsis: a serious complication of infection. Sepsis is a life-threatening response to infection that results in the death of at least 350,000 adults in America each year and 2.9 million children around the world.   In fact, sepsis is the … Read more

Healing C-Section scars: Minimizing risks and promoting undisturbed healing

A new mom holding her baby in hospital after a c-section.

C-section scars shouldn’t leave a lasting mark beyond a faint line.  Yet, many C-section incisions lead to infections, prolonged trauma and unwanted scarring that goes beyond the initial incision line.  A C-section is a major surgery of the abdomen performed to deliver a baby.  During a C-section, the skin of the abdomen – and all … Read more

Code Burnout: Confronting Healthcare Provider Burnout and Turnover

A close up picture of a nurse crying due to healthcare provider burnout.

Healthcare providers are expected to be there when we need them most, but burnout in healthcare is now at critical levels, threatening access to timely, safe and compassionate care.   The healthcare system is overburdened, experiencing heightened levels of demand while healthcare providers are exiting at unprecedented levels – even mid-shift.  Patients have begun to feel … Read more

Preventing Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury in Pediatric Patients

A preterm baby who has fragile skin and MARSI has his delicate hand held by his mother's fingers.

Medical adhesive related skin injuries (or MARSIs) are a dangerously common, but under recognized medical complication. From premature infants to elderly patients with chronic-health conditions, MARSI occurs in all care settings and affects patients of all ages. Yet, MARSIs are preventable – not inevitable. In addition to dressing application and removal techniques, today there is … Read more

Helping Children with Congenital Heart Conditions Stay Free and Clear from Surgical Site Infections

An incision scar that has healed on a baby. The baby had received pediatric congenital heart surgery and did not have a surgical site infection.

When a parent is planning for their child’s upcoming surgery, post-operative care and complications like surgical site infections aren’t often top of mind – getting through the operation is the top concern. But, after a child is wheeled back through the operating room doors, a new set of challenges and treatment begins.  After surgery comes … Read more

Protecting Patients from Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections

Protection from Catheter Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSIs) using Covalon's VALGuard, which is designed to protect IV-line connections from external contaminants

After a patient or loved one has begun treatment for a stressful diagnosis, the last thing they need is a setback or threat to recovery like a catheter related bloodstream infection.  The physical, emotional and mental toll that catheter related bloodstream infections and other healthcare associated setbacks have on patients can be debilitating and heartbreaking.  … Read more

Central Line Care: Strengthening Protection Against Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)

A heartbeat line with a microscopic bacteria representing a hospital acquired infection that could be prevented with central line care

Central lines are a direct connection between critical medical intervention, like life saving medication, and the heart. They can be used for tiny babies, children and adults of all ages.  Patients who have long-term central lines are often fighting serious illnesses, and may be immunocompromised, making central line care a high stakes priority.  Such a … Read more

Using CLABSI Conscious Technology to Prevent Central line-associated bloodstream infections

A medical professional using CLABSI Conscious Technology to Prevent Central line-associated bloodstream infections

Healthcare is a lifeline, but it can also be a direct line to infection.  Among the multitude of tolls the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the provision of healthcare, is the rise of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI).  The CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network has reported a significant rise in the standard infection ratio for … Read more

Compassion Tech and Patient Centered Care

Treating an infant with compassion tech by Covalon

Today, our capacity for empathy and compassion doesn’t just begin in our hearts and minds and end at our fingertips. It now extends to the technology that we hold in our hands.  In healthcare, the vast majority of hospitals now prioritize patient and family centered care: an approach to healthcare that places patients and families … Read more