March 8 Cannulate is a WA Health Excellence Awards finalist

Photograph of cannulate process
October 27, 2017

EMHS have an incredible 10 nominations for the WA Health Excellence Awards. Amongst them was Royal Perth Hospital’s March 8 Cannulate project, which was nominated for providing “innovative solutions for improving safety and quality”.

Healthcare associated infections are infections that a patient acquires while receiving treatment for another condition in hospital.

In 2016, 15% of Royal Perth Hospital’s healthcare associated blood stream infections were caused by devices that enter a blood vessel, with 30% of these being sourced back to the peripheral cannula.

As part of a strategy to reduce healthcare associated infections, a pilot four month Peripheral Intravenous Cannula (PIVC) competency program was introduced in Service 4.

This consisted of:

  • Development of a competency based model on aseptic technique.
  • Doctors undergoing a simulated PIVC insertion at induction and a supervised real-time insertion.
  • Current clinical staff who insert PIVC being required to complete one supervised real time PIVC insertion.
  • An expansion on the number of staff trained to assess PIVC competent.
  • Implementation of a system to recognise and record staff who are PIVC competent.
  • A sustainable annual assessment program.

Since the completion of the PIVC competency program throughout Service 4, Royal Perth Hospital has not reported any blood stream infections from IV cannulas where the insertion technique has been the cause of the infection.