Each year, more than 248,000 patients develop a CLABSI, resulting in more than 30,000 annual deaths. A single CLABSI can lead to more than $36,000 of expenses for your institution.1 Combine those statistics with the facts that mandatory public reporting of CLABSIs is looming and that consistently following maximal barrier precautions reduces the incidence of CLABSIs,2-4 and it is clear that you need a complete vascular access system designed to help protect against infections and their associated expenses.
To help reduce CLABSI-associated expenses, the Arrow® ErgoPack® System, when combined with the antimicrobial Arrowg+ard Blue Plus® Protection, provides defense against all 5 sources of bloodstream infection, including:
Arrowg+ard® Protection, a chlorhexidine silver sulfadiazine technology impregnated into the catheter surface, is a CDC1A recommendation for the prevention of catheter-related infection.5
Arrowg+ard® Protection reduces catheter-related bacteremia by 79%8 and is effective against a wide array of gram-positive bacteria, including Staphylococcus epidermidis,
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and S. aureus; gram-negative bacteria, including Enterococci and Pseudomonas species; and fungi, including Candida albicans.10
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 385,000 healthcare workers are injured by sharps every year, putting them at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.11 Also, there are numerous risks and complications associated with catheter insertion, including hematoma, pneumothorax, thrombosis and stenosis. A variety of factors can cause these complications, including multiple attempts to achieve successful cannulation and weak or compromised vasculature.
The upgraded sharps safety devices in the Arrow® ErgoPack® System protect your staff and enable your institution to classify its central venous catheter insertion kits as “evaluated” and “implemented,” as directed under the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).