As an expert and leader in infection prevention, Kateřina Lisová joined the Czech Republic’s first specialist nursing team to place peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) in 2012. Historically, mainly physicians inserted venous access devices. However, recent studies have shown a significant reduction in Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) rates and other complications when specialist nursing teams are formed in hospitals to insert longer-term vascular access devices.
For Kateřina’s team it was a resounding success, with reductions in catheter infection rates, vein thrombosis rates, catheter occlusion and catheter displacement. She has spoken about their accomplishments at congresses, courses and co-authored a book about venous access.
In addition to inserting 1,600 PICCs and midline catheters in 2016, Kateřina’s dedicated IV team has worked with the Ministry of Health to establish a long-term course for nurses to become certified to insert PICCs and midline catheters.
Lisová, K, Paulinová, V, Zemanová, K, Hromadková, J. Experiences of the first PICC team in the Czech Republic. British Journal of Nursing. 2015; 24(2): S4-S10. View abstract.
Lisová, K, Hromádková, J, Pavelková Zemanová, K, Zauška, V, Havlín, J, Charvát, J. The incidence of symptomatic upper limb venous thrombosis associated with midline catheter: Prospective observation. The Journal of Vascular Access. 2016; S1-4. View abstract.
Charvát, J and coll. Žilní vstupy (Vascular Access). 2016. View publication.
Lisová, K, Hromádková, J, Pavelková Zemanová, K, Zauška, V, Havlín, J, Charvát, J. The incidence of symptomatic upper limb venous thrombosis associated with midline catheter: Prospective observation. The Journal of Vascular Access. 2018; S1-4.