Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, renal patients now have access to new tuck-away belts that comfortably and safely house the patient’s catheter, keep it clean between uses, and hold it in the appropriate position on the abdomen. Over 100 belts have been purchased to provide to patients who can’t afford them. As well, aging hemodialysis machines are replaced annually through grants from the Health Sciences Foundation.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre achieved the Best Practice Spotlight Organization Designation (BPSO) with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) in May 2013.
We instituted a policy with all peripheral IVs expected to be in place for greater than 3 hours will be dressed with a securement device.
Central Venous Access Device Research Project in the Critical Care is evaluating the use of Normal Saline to maintain patency.
Visit the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario website at www.rnao.ca