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William R. Jarvis, M.D.

Jason and Jarvis, LLC

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Understanding the Relative Risk of Needleless Connectors: A Call to Action


clock7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

clockRoom: National Harbor 10-11

William R. Jarvis, M.D.

Jason and Jarvis, LLC

Historically, needleless IV connectors were introduced to protect healthcare workers from needle stick injuries. Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLA-BSI) outbreaks associated with needleless connectors illustrated their potential impact on patients. Several generations of needleless connectors with different designs have been introduced. What is the evidence-based data to guide clinicians to assess their outcomes and consider the technologies for improving patient safety and cost of care? This educational program will focus on answering these questions and provide data to support best practices in the clinical management of patients requiring vascular access. CEU: 1 Note: CEU certificates will be provided upon completion of a post program survey returned to the registration desk at the completion of the presentation

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current guideline recommendations for needleless intravenous systems
  • Prioritize needleless IV systems features that impact potential risk for central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLA-BSIs) and catheter occlusion
  • Review recent clinical evidence comparing microbial ingress across several different brands of needleless connectors
  • Identify strategies to prevent CLA-BSIs in the clinical setting

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