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Ambulance service see drop in cannulations

Wednesday, 28 November 2012
Since the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust joined in the S.T.O.P. Campaign the number of people being cannulated by ambulance staff has dropped significantly.
STOP logo“We have seen a significant drop in PVC-use,” says Liz Smith, 1000 Lives Plus programme manager for Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections. “This shows how ambulance staff have taken on the S.T.O.P. message and are checking whether a cannula is needed before inserting it.”

“The STOP Campaign has empowered ambulance staff to consider whether a PVC needs to be used and make the best decision for the patient,” says Andrew Jenkins, Assistant Clinical Director, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.
“We have seen a very large drop in the use of these devices, which means the risk of infection has dropped considerably for the people we transport.”

“The STOP Campaign has been very helpful in reminding our staff to question whether a device is needed. The visual prompts have proved very effective in keeping the message of the campaign in the minds of our teams responding to emergency calls.”
Source: 1000 Lives Plus