In Florida, in the last three months several hospitals have cut back IV Teams (traditional plaicng PIV's and PICC's), and an independent contractor has eliminated aÂ dedicated full time PICC service.Â you have seen the posts from these hospitals here already.
It is time to do a review of:
What your program brings to the institution.
Time and motion needs
Cost savings your service provides to the hospital
Performance improvement indicators
Infection rate of central lines you place as a service:Â I assume you are all making the Infection Control Department separate your rates out as that is a outcome of your dedicated service quality versus another service.Â If your rates are not separate I suggest you work with Infection Control.
I would hope that this year INS and AVA focus some of their meetings on this topic as the 1990's when the last onslaught occurred is back.Â