Along with regulatory requirements mandated by the CDC and The Joint Commission, managing risk is a key factor in determining patient care protocol. As clinical administrators develop the protocols for their organization, they research clinical evidence and data for support. When it comes to intravenous (IV) administration of medication and fluids, there are several guidelines and requirements each organization must strictly adhere to. Each Healthcare provider or health system determines its own policies and protocols to meet regulatory requirements and provide specific guidelines for clinical staff.

Regulatory Requirements and Recommendations for IV Admin Set Changes

The CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections (2011, edited Feb. 2017) vary by type of catheter and the fluid being administered. The Joint Commission annually issues its National Patient Safety Goals. NPSG.07.04.01 which states, “Implement evidence-based practices to prevent central line–associated bloodstream infections. Note: This requirement covers short- and long-term central venous catheters and peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines.” For timing of the IV tubing change, most organizations adopt a 96-hour or 72-hour change policy.

Most Hospitals Use Visual Reminder Labels

The vast majority of hospitals are currently using visual reminder labels as their primary reminder system for IV tubing changes. According to a recent survey, color coded reminder labels are most popular, followed by day of the week labels, and then plain IV reminder labels. It has become standard practice to use IV reminder labels as part of the hospital’s protocol for IV tubing changes. Identifying the start date and time, as well as the change date and time, and the administering nurse’s initials are standard practice and often checked by The Joint Commission as part of accreditation.


 

TimeAlert™ IV Provides a Visual Cue & Reminder When It’s Time to Change

With TimeAlert™IV time-indicating reminder labels, any caregiver will know at a glance how much time has elapsed since the last tubing change. To use the time indicator, the caregiver writes the start date/time and change date/time, along with his/her initials—the same as current protocol. Then he/she pushes the button to activate the indicator, which then displays a blue line in the viewing window. The label must then be applied to the IV line, near the drip chamber for best visibility. Once the 72-hour or 96-hour time span has lapsed, the viewing window will be completely blue.

See how it works in this video.

Staff Compliance

Because it’s easy to use and works around the clock to provide a visual reminder of time elapsed since the last change, TimeAlert™ IV time-indicating reminder labels assist staff compliance for IV tubing changes with a simple push of a button.

Removes the Guesswork

It takes the guesswork out of using standard visual reminder labels and allows organizations to standardize to a single format label. Also, there’s one standardized indicator to use, rather than requiring nurses to learn an additional color coding system to understand the day of the week.

Works Around the Clock

TimeAlert™ IV shows the progression of time in a visual format, regardless of human errors that can occur and impact timing, such as writing illegibility or a wrong date/time. With a quick glance, any nurse can see whether or not the full time has elapsed.

Nurses Could Use the Help

Nurses deserve all the help they can get with the myriad of responsibilities they assume every day. Helpful tools and visual reminders like TimeAlert™ IV can help make a difference, one IV tubing change at a time. To learn more about TimeAlert™ IV, visit www.pdchealthcare.com/timealert.

Findings from 2018 Survey of Nurse Leaders & Infection Control Preventionists Indicate Importance of Timely IV Changes

Clinical and Infection Control teams agree that timely IV tubing changes are important and impact patient care. TechValidate conducted a survey of 112 nurse leaders with respondents’ titles ranging from Chief Nursing Officer and Nursing Director to Charge Nurse and Nurse Supervisor. A survey of Infection Control preventionists was also conducted in parallel, yielding 174 responses from respondents representing Infection Control directors, managers, supervisors, specialists, and coordinators. Click here to see the results.

 






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How TimeAlert IV Helps Remind Nurses It’s Time to Change
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Over 70% of hospitals are currently using visual reminder labels as their primary reminder system for IV tubing changes. What if the labels actually kept track of time? Find out how new TimeAlert IV labels keep track of time to remind nurses when it’s time to change IV tubing to aid in staff compliance, removing the guesswork, and working around the clock.
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Heather Hudson is a Marketing Manager at PDC where she works with hospital clients, helping them improve patient safety and productivity by developing solutions that meet their most critical needs. She never would have imagined she would be an expert in identification solutions, materials, and adhesives! Prior to joining PDC in 2009, she managed marketing for an acclaimed gourmet bakery and ate a LOT of cookies. Heather graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Northridge with a degree in Marketing. She holds a patent for a pharmacy prescription privacy label that protects sensitive patient data for HIPAA compliance and has multiple identification patents pending. Heather is a new mom to a beautiful baby boy named Jack who keeps her busy when she’s not at work. One of Heather’s claims to fame at work is that she always wears the most creative costumes at Halloween; some of her past homemade costumes have included Captain Crunch, Hurricane El Nino, and Flo the Progressive Insurance lady. She still eats a LOT of cookies.

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