I work in a 150 bed facility. We currently have a Vascular access team which is available from 0800-1800 in house and on call for PICC's from 1800-0000. Our vascular access team is currently in a trial to collect data to see if expanding our hours to 24/7 coverage is needed. Currently, there is a vascular access nurse available 24 hours during this trial. We have found that usually after midnight things slow down quite a bit. I am wondering what other vascular access teams do and the hours of "operation."
I am also wondering if other teams manage the PICC dressings throughout the facility. In my facility the primary RN is responsible for changing the PICC dressing. During this trial we have found the CVC/PICC dressings to be loose, overdue, soiled, etc. I am starting to believe this may be an area that our team should manage, any suggestions?
Jessica, RN, VA-BC