IV Dressing Types: Acrylic vs. Silicone

A silicone securement dressing called IV Clear made by Covalon.

Despite the prevalence of intravenous (IV) therapy, not enough attention is given to the securement technique and IV dressings used, including the host of complications that can occur all based upon which IV dressing was applied.  Not all IV dressings are made equal, and the choice of dressing, including factors such as acrylic vs. silicone, … Read more

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

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