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PHS presents on homecare infusion at local APHON chapter meeting

Friday, October 12th, 2012

PHS was thrilled to be invited to present at the local APHON chapter meeting on September 25th, in Minneapolis. Many nurses involved in APHON work in the hospital or clinic setting so PHS was excited to be able to expose more nurses to the wonderful world of homecare.

PHS Infusion Nurse and Nurse Educator Jill Wall, RN, BSN, CRNI, presented on infusion therapy in the homecare setting. She covered PHS’s process for patient intake, education of family and nurses and  all that PHS does to ensure our patients stay safe and thrive at home. She also briefly reviewed one of PHS’s clinical outcomes, our central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) rate. The rate of catheter infections in PHS patients is extremely low, even though many PHS patients are chronically ill and receive complex catheter treatments from PHS.

You can view the slideshow by clicking the photo below.

For more details, you can watch the full video of Jill’s presentation (which  includes the Q&A session following the presentation) on the PHS website by clicking the photo below.

Are you a nurse currently looking for work? We’re currently hiring for homecare nurses. Be sure to check out the PHS careers page for job application information.

1•2•3 Infection Free! IV Catheter Care Program

Friday, September 9th, 2011

We know that caring for a child with an IV in your home can be a daunting process. There’s always that fear of infection in the back of your mind. To help quell some of those fears PHS has created a program called 1•2•3 Infection Free!, the program walks you step-by-step through the process of keeping your child infection free each time you administer an infusion.

Watch the video below as PHS Infusion Nurse Susan Fitzsimmons, RN, CPN, BSN walks through the various components in the PHS 123 Infection Free Kit.

Infection is a risk every child with an IV catheter faces.

PHS created a new program to help you prevent dangerous IV catheter infections at home. The program
is called 1•2•3 Infection Free! and its materials explain:

  • Actions to take each and every time you or any caregiver works with your child’s IV catheter
  • Warning signs for infection at the IV catheter site or in the blood stream
  • Whom to contact if your child shows signs of infection

Materials included in the kit are:

  • Infection Prevention Methods Poster
    • An easy reminder of the most important steps for preventing an IV infection, with pictures on one side
      and more detailed information on the other side
  • My Child’s IV Catheter Care Log
    • A list of infection warning signs for which to check every day and a guide for whom to contact about
      different warning signs. Call us when you need more copies.
  • Emergency Information
    • A card to hang near your child’s bed or on the refrigerator with infection warning signs and the phone
      numbers of whom to contact
  • Badge
    • A list of infection warning signs and contacts that is a perfect size for purse, pocket, diaper bag or
      emergency kit

    Have you used 1•2•3 Infection Free! Does it help you to remember the steps and keep your child infection free? We’d love to hear your feedback on the program.