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Helping Hand - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - July 2019

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I f you use IV start kits, you might be wasting money with every catheter you place. Our IV start kits con- tained a number of items we never used, including povidone- iodine prep pads, Tegaderm and gauze. We were amazed when we compared the cost of an IV start kit ($1.80) with the individual cost of the items we actually used from the kit: an alcohol swab, a tourniquet and a single piece of tape (9¢). We stopped using IV start kits in 2015, a year in which we started 1,762 IVs on patients. In that year alone, we saved $3,013.02 simply by ditching the IV start kits. Brandi Cunningham, RN, BSN, BA, MHA, MBA Piedmont Outpatient Surgery Center Winston-Salem, N.C. bcunningham@piedmontosc.com J U L Y 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 LESS IS MORE Ditch the IV Start Kits and Save • STRIPPED DOWN The IV start kit contained 7 items when all we used was an alcohol swab, a tourniquet and a piece of tape (above). Piedmont Outpatient Surgery Center BEFORE AFTER

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