Author: Daniel P. Williams, Product Manager, IV Infusion
Reducing soft costs can greatly improve operational efficiency in any department. The repeated effort of building and rebuilding gangs of stopcocks on secondary line assemblies takes valuable time away from nurses. Nurses know that the use of stopcocks on secondary lines brings a certain risk of leakage and breakage. The additional risk of stopcocks being left partially open or not fully closed can be a source of concern when it comes to patient safety. Moving to a safer, simpler, and more versatile infusion port manifold can alleviate many of these issues. These fluid delivery systems offer convenient designs, configured to simplify the delivery of medications.
Reducing the rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAI), like central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLASBI), are always a priority for clinicians and infection-control specialists alike. Complicated stopcock gang assemblies increase line manipulation rates and the risk of error. The use of an infusion port manifold (either rigid, flexible, or both) can help to create a more controlled and aseptic area in which clinicians can provide quality care. Manifolds with swabable needleless connectors provide engineering controls that isolate or reduce the hazard of bloodborne pathogen exposure from the workplace. Some infusion manifolds that meet the requirements for mainline incorporation can further reduce costs by decreasing the frequency they need to be changed.
Finding an infusion manifold product that is versatile enough to be used across multiple hospital departments can have numerous benefits from an administrative standpoint. Hypothetically, a manifold that can be attached in a pre-operative setting, utilized in an OR environment, and then stay attached in an ICU could greatly reduce overall costs. Essentially, you can adapt their use to your clinical demands from OR to patient’s room, without the need to change the set. Additionally, a manifold’s ability to stay attached for more than 24 hours without the need to be changed or reassembled can reduce additional cost and waste throughout a patient’s stay.
While policies and procedures differ by hospital setting and protocols, reducing infection rates and improving nursing staff satisfaction are two huge wins for any organization. Not only does it directly benefit patients’ safety and quality of care, but it also can have a significant impact on the financial bottom line as well.