The Challenges of Caring for the Obese Patient:
“What are those things we don’t think about?”

Susan Gallagher, PhD, RN

Rhonda Turner, MSN-LD, CSPHA Description

 

The prevalence of obesity in the US, trends in care, and in particular, the challenges faced with caring for the hospitalized obese Covid-19 patient are addressed in this webinar.  The care of the obese patient is multi-faceted.  Often size-appropriate equipment and devices are overlooked which can lead to poor outcomes and complications including falls and pressure ulcers.  Key strategies such as mobilization, require special planning and equipment that are critical to reducing complications and shortening the length of stay.  A focus on planning, understanding, and utilizing size-appropriate devices and equipment will improve the patient experience and care.

 

Let’s get moving!  Early mobility in the ICU

Nicole Kupchik , MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, PCCN-K

Valentina Obreja, DPN(c), RN, MSN, AG/AC, NP-BC, CCRN, CSC, CMC, PHN

 

Immobilization of critically ill patients leads to long term complications including muscle atrophy, delirium, and post-ICU syndrome. Numerous studies evaluating early mobilization demonstrate decreased rates of delirium, decreased length of ICU and hospital stay and cost avoidance. Included in this presentation will be evidence-based recommendations for readiness for early mobility and minimization of complications through proper staffing, equipment and securement of all lines and tubes. This educational webinar will outline the benefits and strategies of early mobilization and the multi-disciplinary approach it takes to create a successful program.

 

Keeping Patients Secure:

The New 2021 IV Stabilization StandardsPoor practices with application and assessment of catheter stabilization and dressings often lead to premature failure of devices. Up to 69% of catheters are removed before therapy is complete. Standards of Practice identify the elements of good securement that can contribute to policy and procedure development that establish the most effective catheter stabilization. This webinar will review the new 2021 Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Practice which provides detailed descriptions of types of securement and combinations for vascular access devices, risk reduction methods, evaluation, and guidance for assessment documentation practices.  

 

Post- Operative Mastectomy: Complications and Care

Doreen A. Gendreau, EdD, MSN, MS, RN-BC, CNS, CHLC, RYT-Y-CBT

 

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in the US and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death after lung cancer. Treatment strategies include, either alone or in combination, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy as well as newer, innovative approaches. Surgery, however, is often the first-line treatment modality. This presentation will focus on the complications associated with surgery and adjunctive therapies that can include post-surgical pain, wound infection, hematoma, lymphedema, and the seroma.  Several strategies will be discussed on how the caregiver and patient can help to mitigate these complications.

 

Current Strategies for Vascular Access Stabilization: Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice

Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI, FAAN

 

Stabilization of movement at the vascular access device (VAD) exit site is recognized as an important intervention in preventing complications and increasing catheter dwell time. The risk for unintentional catheter dislodgement is reduced, and when pistoning movement of the catheter at the site is minimized, the risk for phlebitis, infection, and catheter migration may also be reduced. While many HCPs may equate stabilization with application of a dressing and tape, the Infusion Nurses Society recommends use of an “engineered,” meaning specially designed, stabilization device or system. In this presentation, stabilization methods, new and novel devices, and current supporting evidence are explored.

 

Being Prepared and Adopting New Enteral Connectors:
What You Need to Know

Peggi Guenter, PhD, RN, FAAN

 

Enteral nutrition or tube feeding delivery systems have been misconnected to other types of medical device systems and have resulted in serious patient injury and even death.  Unintended misconnections occur due to the universal design of Luer connectors and others that are used for a variety of medical delivery systems. This educational activity is designed to inform clinicians about the new ISO standards applied to medical devices for all patients receiving enteral nutrition. This webinar will explain the use of these new connectors in terms of enteral nutrition delivery, flushing, and medication delivery. Up to date Information on the challenges with pediatric medication dosing and low-volume accuracy along with innovative solutions will be presented. 

 

Sounds of Silence: Reducing Nuisance Alarms in IV Pumps

Katherine Major, RN, MSN

 

The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) focuses on managing clinical alarm systems that have the most direct relationship to patient safety. By 2016, hospitals will be required to improve practice standards to reduce false and nuisance alarms to meet the NPSG goal to “improve the safety of clinical alarms.” Infusion pumps accounts for significant number of these false or nuisance alarms. This can be a frustrating disruption to nurses as well as disturbing for their patients. Quite often it is the IV line that is causing these sensitive devices to signal that something is wrong when no intervention is necessary. IV line occlusion and dislodgement are significant contributors to alarm fatigue, interrupted medication delivery, and unnecessary IV line restarts. In this free CE session, we will be discussing how to troubleshoot IV alarms, techniques to prevent false or nuisance alarms, and minimize IV restarts with proper securement of the IV site.