Clinical educator, Linda Kelly, explores the national precedence being placed on infection prevention and control, and calls for the standardisation of care and maintenance of vascular access devices
According to UK data, one in three patients will have at least one cannula inserted during their hospital stay,1 With estimates highlighting usage among 4.3 patients in England during 2020-2021 alone.
Despite the fundamentals of care and infection prevention being taught within the first year of medicinal and nursing study, ongoing dedication to care and maintenance of devices, once in situ, can sometimes be overlooked. This may be due to variation in practices, even between departments of the same Trust.
Risks of unstandardised care
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