Proactive Innovation: Procedure for Setting up Dianeal Bags and Administration Set for PD Catheter Insertion

Proactive Innovation: Procedure for Setting up Dianeal Bags and Administration Set for PD Catheter Insertion

I wanted to share a new set of nursing procedures for PD catheter insertions that have been contributed to by Sue Bal, Kim Neitsch and Pat Klassen.

While many of you many not be that interested in sterile setup for a PD catheter insertion, I wanted to share what I love about this little innovation.  When we insert PD catheters, we have always struggled to ensure we were adhering to sterile technique.   This can be tricky as the exterior of the PD bag isn’t sterile, yet the surgical space needs to remain sterile.

Thankfully, our post-procedural infection rate has essentially been zero.  That being said, our PD RNs identified this as a potential risk.  Rather waiting for an infection and reactively addressing it, they proactively came up with a novel method to help reduce the risk of post-procedural infection.

I also love that the solution, once laid out clearly, seems quite obvious.  The answer was hiding in plain sight but it just took interested healthcare providers to make the solution real.

I’m hoping we’ll see more and more proactive solutions developed to potential quality issues.

So what did they do?

Have a look:

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Do you have any innovations you’ve been working on within the renal program that others within our program or at other sites might be interested in hearing about? Please let me know.