The Vascular Access Specialty Team (VAST) at Hartford Hospital has and continues to expand its services resulting in less waste, variability and better patient outcomes. They have accomplished this using data that is continually captured and presented to the hospitals administrators. Being a Lean hospital, the VAST is using these principles when initiating interventions that have resulted in: cost savings; increase in patient satisfaction; increase in bedside RN satisfaction; increase in billable services; reduction in PIVC complications. In 2019, Lee and his team completed a study that integrated best in class medical devices with evidenced-based practice with each PIVC insertion. This bundle is trademarked as the PIV5Rights. The success of this study was the beginning of their growth as it demonstrated that a skilled clinician placing PIVCs achieves better outcomes than the generalist model. Results of this study will be discussed along with other initiatives this VAST is doing to assure they produce value that is palpable to the hospital and their patients. Learning Objectives Introduce Lean Thinking as it applies to vascular access and overcoming challenges faced by patients, clinicians and healthcare facilities Show how a VAST can collect and use quality data to assure they are viewed as avalue added entity to their health care institutionOutline the evidenced-based bundle and the clinical and financial results that were captured that began the expansion of this VAST.
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