- The protocol prompted TecSalud to incorporate a Peripheral Vascular Access Surveillance Clinic in its hospitals.
- It is the first in Mexico with this approach and was recognized by the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) at the Latin American level.
- It standardizes good practices for the placement, maintenance, and removal of the venous accesses necessary for the administration of solutions, medications, and sample collection that benefits patients, hospitals, and health personnel.
In a coordinated action between TecSalud, the Tecnológico de Monterrey health system, and Becton Dickinson (BD), a multinational medical device company, the creation of the Standardized Protocol for the Management of Peripheral Venous Accesses was achieved. With this, you will have a positive impact on hospitalized patients, health personnel and hospitals in Mexico.
The protocol derives from the findings obtained based on the study called VAM (Comprehensive Management of Vascular Access) that began in February 2020 and was consolidated in 2021 in TecSalud. There, a short peripheral vascular device was used to receive medicines and solutions, as well as for sample collection.
How does it work?
The objective was to identify the best practices for handling said device, whose placement implies the Insertion of an appropriate catheter (sterile, flexible closed plastic tube) into a blood vessel.
The peripheral vascular access procedure is a daily practice in patients admitted to a hospital. Thanks to the VAM study, areas of opportunity were identified that were modified and are now improved through a more efficient protocol for comprehensive management of peripheral vascular access, that impacts on the improvement of patient care aligned with TecSalud’s philosophy of quality and safety.
“For BD, patients and health personnel are a priority. That is why we are proud to have contributed to TecSalud with support, technology, and training to carry out the VAM study. The protocol obtained will bring many benefits on different scales”, said María de Lourdes Meléndez, manager of Medical Affairs at BD Mexico.
In terms of Public Health, there will be continuous monitoring to carry out timely interventions. Hospitals, for their part, will see greater accuracy in the first attempt at placement (which will translate into savings in time and money) and hospitalized patients will experience less discomfort and more comfort when placing the catheter.
“In the Nursing area of TecSalud we always put the patient at the center of our professional practice and we seek to care for them with safety and empathy. For this reason, we have standardized the good practices of endovenous therapy, structuring a Peripheral Vascular Access Clinic, clinical management protocol with the use of a closed system and with the best available technology; making sure that all nurses master this practice”, commented Mtra. Leticia Solis Domínguez, Director of Nursing at TecSalud.
The clinic achieved recognition for its good practices at the Latin American level, endorsed by the INS (Society of Nurses in Infusion Therapy, for its acronym in English) for the implementation of the protocol. This motivates and inspires other hospitals and enables a greater satisfaction and safety in patient care.
“We are close to obtaining the international designation of Pathway to Excellence made by and for nurses to improve their clinical practice. In this context, we have incorporated the AVP (Peripheral Vascular Access) indicator, managed by Shared Government nurses who are organized in each service to present the best results monthly to the Nursing Council in both hospitals”.
The Standardized Protocol for the Management of Peripheral Venous Access created by TecSalud in collaboration with BD can be applied in hospitals in the public and private sector.
“At BD we believe that the convergence of medical care and technology provide a great opportunity to help patients and people, which is why we will continue to work on developing innovative solutions that advance the world of healthcare. In this sense, collaborating with TecSalud gives us great satisfaction as it is a benchmark in the correct use and application of products that help to achieve good practices and obtain results in the implementation of clinical projects,” said Martha Elena Sánchez, Product Manager of BD Care Catheter.
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