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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.