A Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Trust competition has been scooped by an enterprising veterinary nurse.
Registered nurse Sarah Hancill has won the RCVS Charitable Trust Driving Practice Innovation competition with her idea for a peripheral venous catheter care checklist.
Peripheral venous catheters are used to administer medication directly into the venous system for rapid distribution to the whole body, and also to deliver fluid therapy and nutritional support to the patient.
The rationale behind the creation of Sarah’s checklist is that, although intravenous catheter insertion has become common practice, breaking the skin barrier alters the hosts’ defence against infection, which increases the risk of local infection or bacteraemia with more serious complications such as septicaemia.
This causes concern for patient safety. The peripheral venous catheter care checklist is intended to increase patient safety. It consists of 14 quality indicators, repeated every 24 hours over a 72-hour period.
A trust spokesman said: “The trust believes vet nurses are uniquely placed to see how day-to-day practice can be improved. The trust assessors said Sarah’s idea to produce a peripheral venous catheter care checklist was a practical solution that provided the potential for a standardised approach. The hope is that it contributes to improving the quality of patient care.”
Sarah’s prize was £100 in shopping vouchers, which she intends to spend on a pair of netball shoes. “Playing netball helps me to deal with the stresses of being a veterinary nurse,” she said.