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  1. Heath, Jean RN, BSN, OCN
  2. Jones, Sarah RN, BSN, OCN


The frequency of vascular access device (VAD) complications increases with the complexity of therapy or poor catheter maintenance. Catheter occlusions are most frequently caused by inadequate catheter flushing or technique. The study group of 25 patients was placed on an elastomeric continuous infusion device with patient costs and occlusion rates compared with historic data. The use of the elastomeric continuous infusion device saved an average of $123 per week when compared with traditional flushing devices, which cost from $216 to $248 per week. The incidence of catheter patency loss was reduced by 50%. The nurses also reported considerable timesaving in catheter maintenance and patient education and an overwhelmingly positive response from staff and patients.