NTI2018 Recap

NTI 2018 Replay

NTI2018 Recap

It was “Game On!” in Boston where Merit enjoyed our time at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, National Training Institute, Critical Care Symposium (NTI).

Having wrapped things up, we can now take a moment to look back at the show, to reflect on the many wonderful people we met, and discuss how we can best move forward with serving your needs.

At the NTI, we embraced Boston’s culture of sports and friendly competition with our Fenway-themed booth. We hope you enjoy a short video recap of our time in Boston, including the “all-star line-up” of products and education that were provided that demonstrate Merit’s commitment to supporting critical care nurses in your safety and infection protection goals. Now, more than ever, protecting patients (and clinicians) is one of the most critical issues for clinicians on the front lines of patient care, who see the impact of an effective (or ineffective) infection prevention program.

We want to express our gratitude to Erin Dwyer MSN, APRN, ACCNS-P, CCRN-K, Clinical Nurse Specialist, PICU at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, for her expertly delivered presentation on “Creating and Implementing a CLABSI Bundle”. Her sessions were standing-room only – a testament to the importance and timeliness of her topic. We would also like to thank Bertie Chuong, DNP, RN, CCRN Resource and Education Coordinator, EPS Co-Chair, Yale New Haven Health. Her presentations on “Patient Safety Successes from the Frontlines” were well received by large and enthusiastic audiences.

We hope you enjoyed the ice cream. Many of you remember it from last year. Our booth also featured the DualCap bean bag toss game and an oversized gumball machine stocked with DualCaps and chocolate baseballs. More importantly, however, we hope you left our booth informed, intrigued, and with assurances that we would follow up with you in a timely manner.

Overall, we enjoyed our time with you and appreciate all that you do for patient care. Merit is here to support you in your efforts to control infection and protect patients as you care for them.

We had a wonderful time at NTI 2018! We can’t wait to see you all at NTI 2019. PLAY BALL!

We proudly displayed the following products:

Merit to Exhibit at NTI 2018

It’s “Game On!” in Boston at the AACN National Teaching Institute (NTI) and Critical Care Expo, May 22-24. Merit Medical is proud to announce that we will be exhibiting at NTI, booth #3334, with CERP accredited presentations about infection control and patient safety. Bring your “A-Game” and join us for ice cream and some friendly competitive games while you learn about the DualCap® Disinfection and Protection System. We will also have experts on hand to answer your questions about our Safety and Hemodynamic monitoring products.

ExpoEd Sessions (CERP Accredited)

Merit Medical continues its focus on clinical education by bringing two respected experts to present on infection prevention and patient safety.

“Creating and Implementing a CLABSI Bundle”

A case study for implementing a CLABSI bundle within Nemours Hospital

Erin Dwyer, MSN, RN, ACCNS-P, CCRN-K

Clinical Nurse Specialist at Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  • 10:45 – 11:15 am
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm

“Patient Safety Successes from the Frontlines”

An overview of the medical error challenge facing patients, and examples of how organizations have implemented strategies and tactics to mitigate

Bertie Chuong, DNP, RN, CCRN Resource and Education Coordinator, EPS Co-Chair, Yale New Haven Health System

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018

  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm
  • 1:45 – 2:15 pm

Think Safety and Infection Prevention, and Discover the vast array of solutions for clinicians and patients at the Merit Medical booth at NTI.

Infection Prevention Products


DualCap Disinfection & Protection System

The DualCap System consists of two caps designed to help prevent intraluminal contamination, as well as cross-contamination, especially important for IV catheter use over extended dwell times.

Safety Products


Medallion® Syringes

Our Medallion syringes are designed to facilitate compliance with national safety goals that require labeling of all medications on and off the sterile field. Medallion syringes come in seven color options with custom printing, or a frosted field for writing information directly on the syringe barrel.


BackStop+™ Disposal Systems

For quick and safe fluid waste elimination, the Backstop+ and MiniStop+™ disposal systems both have seal-tight lids to prevent fluid leakage after a procedure. The disposal systems also come with a temporary sharps holder.


ShortStop Advantage® Temporary Sharps Holder

The ShortStop Advantage has all of the features of the original ShortStop temporary sharps holder but with the addition of side access for holding sharps devices in a safe and secure horizontal orientation. Fully loaded syringes will not tip or bend when secured in the ShortStop Advantage side access port.

Hemodynamic Monitoring Products


Meritrans DTXPlus® with Safedraw®

Meritrans DTXPLUS come in a range of single, double, and triple disposable transducer sets. They are available with the Safedraw safe arterial blood sampling system. They are designed with Easyvent® – a unique cap that allows clinicians to prime and zero the stopcock without removing the cap and exposing the line to the environment.

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Merit Medical is pleased to sponsor an accredited webinar for Critical Care Nurses

Hemodynamic Monitoring is Monitoring Life

Watch the webinar

Earn: 1.00 CERP credit*

Course objective: Hemodynamic monitoring can be challenging, even for experienced nurses. This course establishes foundational knowledge related to the anatomy, physiology, and clinical care of patients on hemodynamic monitoring.

Speaker: Terry M. Foster, RN, MSN, FAEN, CCRN, CPEN, TCRN, CEN, Nurse Humorist

Terry M. Foster holds a Master’s Degree in Critical-Care and Trauma Nursing from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health, having previously earned his LPN and RN. His primary areas of nursing experience have always been in the Emergency Department and Critical-Care Units, holding several national certificates. Terry has lectured on a wide variety of clinical topics at nursing seminars and conferences throughout the USA, having given a total of over 5,000 formal presentations. He has authored more than 40 professional publications and is currently the Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in the six Emergency Departments at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky. Read more about Terry Foster.

*This Program Has Been Approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for 1.00 Synergy CERP Category A, File Number 21722.

Why Use a Closed-Flush Blood Sampling System?

A critically ill patient may enter the ICU because of organ failure, extreme dehydration, Sepsis, or some other complicated issue. In all of these conditions, a quick response is best for a positive patient outcome. Invasive hemodynamic monitoring allows a healthcare provider to access real-time information about the patient’s cardiac health. Additionally, blood samples are a routine and vital process to assess the patient’s lung function and perfusion. Multiple blood samples per day is not uncommon in the ICU; however, providers may be unaware of the inherent risks of drawing blood.

Each time a blood sample is drawn, the potential for contamination and blood discard is present. The CDC has made recommendations for improving blood sampling, including the use of a pressure monitoring system with a closed-flush (continuous-flush) sampling system. This type of system can help prevent air-borne contaminants from entering the blood stream. In a study comparing bacterial contamination in arterial lines, the results stated: “There was less microbial contamination of intraluminal fluid when BCS [a blood conservation system] was used for arterial catheterization.”1 Another study, measuring hemoglobin and hematocrit counts of critically ill patients having multiple blood samples drawn, indicated that the use of a closed blood sampling system was able to minimize blood count value changes.2

Merit Medical is proud to offer a portfolio of critical care products including invasive hemodynamic monitoring sets. The MeritransDTXPlus® with Safedraw® closed arterial sampling helps minimize the risk of infection and unnecessary exposure with a simple, closed, in-line arterial sampling system. Unlike other pressure monitoring systems, the EasyVent™ closed zero port allows clinicians to maintain a closed system when priming or zeroing the transducer (not opening the system to the ambient environment reduces patient risk and enhances overall safety).

A new critical care catalog and a brochure are available showing Merit’s critical care portfolio.

  1. Oto J, Nakataki E, Hata M, Tsunano Y, Okuda N, Imanaka H, Nishimura M. (2012 Aug). Comparison of bacterial contamination of blood conservation system and stopcock system arterial sampling lines used in critically ill patients. Am J Infect Control, 40(6):530-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.08.006. Epub2011 Nov 3.
  2. Rezende E, Ferez MA, Silva Junior JM, Oliveira AM, Viana RA, Mendes CL, Toledo Dde O, Ribeiro Neto MC, Setoyama TA. (2010 Mar). Closed system for blood sampling and transfusion in critically ill patients. Rev Bras Ter Intensiva,  22(1):5-10.

Merit Medical loves Critical Care Nurses!

Merit Medical recently joined the Critical Care community and was pleased to attend the AACN’s National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Houston May 23-25, 2017. At our first-ever NTI expo booth, we met hundreds of critical care nurses over ice cream at the Merit Ice Cream Café, during in-booth educational sessions, and while discussing our critical care product portfolio.

Our booth featured the Merit Ice Cream Café, which provided a fun treat throughout each of the ExpoEd presentations. Adhering to our commitment to education, the Merit-sponsored presentations were well attended, providing CERP credits and valuable information. Nurses learned techniques for preventing CLABSIs as well as strategies for treating Sepsis successfully.

For those who wish to review the information presented on their own time, the presentations are available for download:

      • Preventing CLABSIs: Tales from the Front Line (Donna Schweitzer, RN, APN, CCNS, CCRN)
      • Sepsis Survival for Patients and Nurses (Alexander Johnson, MSN, RN, CCNS, ACNP-BC, CCRN)

We showcased our full line of safety and infection control products, including the DualCap® Disinfectant Cap, as well as our hemodynamic portfolio, including the DTXPlus® Blood Pressure Monitoring System, the SafeDraw Closed Loop Blood Sampling System, and the accessories that go with them.  You can learn more about these products and download brochures:

DualCap: https://www.merit.com/cardiac-intervention/solutions/infection-control/dualcap/
DTXPlus: https://www.merit.com/cardiac-intervention/critical-care-solutions/

In addition to discussing Merit Critical Care products, Merit Representatives in attendance at NTI also enjoyed visiting with hundreds of nurses to gather feedback about future products and innovations that we may be able to develop to support your needs at your hospitals.

Our first NTI was a memorable and fun experience. We thank all those nurses who made a stop at the Merit Medical Booth. It was impressive to see the level of sincere concern that you have for the health and safety of your patients. Our critical care and safety products provide continuity across the patient-care continuum, supporting the nurses we care about so much!

Your Safety Is Our Priority: Merit to Showcase Safety Products at NTI 2017

Thirty years ago, Merit Medical pioneered a clear-as-glass polycarbonate syringe to reduce the risk of a glass syringe breaking in the hand of a healthcare provider. Since our beginning, we’ve consistently prioritized solutions to procedural challenges, with the goal of making patient care safer for medical professionals like you.

Keeping up with this tradition, we’re excited to showcase our innovative safety products at the AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Houston, TX, May 23-25.

Come to Booth 4300 to get an up-close look at Merit’s innovative safety products:

The DualCap System™

The DualCap System is a uniquely designed disinfecting cap system for use on both the male luer connector at the end of the IV tubing and the needle-free valve. The DualCap System consists of two caps designed to help prevent intraluminal contamination, as well as device cross-contamination.

MiniStop® Disposal Systems 

MiniStop Disposal Systems have a seal-tight lid to prevent fluid leakage after a procedure, providing quick and safe fluid waste elimination.

ShortStop® Temporary Sharps Holder 

Merit’s ShortStop was designed to prevent sharps injuries to both the clinician and the patient. With its distinctive bullseye design, the ShortStop holds needles and scalpels in a protected environment before, during, and after procedures.

BackStop® Disposal Systems

Our BackStop Disposal Systems have a seal-tight lid to prevent fluid leakage after a procedure, providing quick and safe fluid waste elimination.


Futura® Safety Scalpels

Protecting clinicians and patients, the Futura Safety Scalpel has spring retraction technology to minimize the risk of accidental cuts. Its one-handed activation combines convenience and rapid response for any surgical procedure.


Medallion® Syringes 

Medallion syringes are designed to facilitate compliance with national safety goals that require labeling of all medications on and off the sterile field. Available in seven color options with custom printing or a frosted field for writing information directly, Medallion Syringes take the guesswork out of medication labeling.


PAL™ Pen & Labels

Merit Medical’s PAL – Pen and Labels – were designed to streamline and help make labeling medication easier. PAL labels are designed to stick even when wet and can be customized with a variety of color choices for safety and convenience. The PAL pen is sterile, has a fine point, and is smear resistant.


DriPAD™ 

The DriPAD is a super absorbent pad that controls, isolates and traps biofluids while also containing and preventing the spread of odors. This premium pad can absorb up to 35x its weight in fluids, making them more efficient than the leading absorbent pad on the market. That’s up to 10x more absorption power than alternative pads!* Stop by Booth 4300 to learn about the DriPAD’s environmental, clinical, and financial advantages.


DTXPlus®

Safedraw arterial blood sampling systems are designed to reduce unnecessary blood discard and blood spillage. The system’s self-sealing, silicone septum facilitates easier blood sampling for clinical testing.


Merit Advance® Angiographic Safety Needles

The unique design of the Merit Advance Safety Needle allows clinicians to easily activate a low profile safety mechanism, shielding the needle bevel after use. The hub of this introducer needle is transparent for visibility and designed with an ergonomic feel for ease of handling.

 

Don’t forget about our in-booth presentations! Combining safety technology with education, Merit is hosting expert critical care nurses to address bloodstream infection prevention and treatment of SEPSIS:

Sepsis Survival for Patients and Nurses

Addressing the new definition of sepsis and mandatory CMS reporting.

Alexander Johnson, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN 

TUESDAY, MAY 23

10:45 am to 11:15 am
11:30 am to 12 noon
1 pm to 1:30 pm

Preventing CLABSIs: Tales from the Frontline

Discussing protocols to prevent bloodstream infections and how newer technologies and education have helped reduce the occurrence. A specific case will be discussed.

Donna Schweitzer, MSN, CCNS, CCRN 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24

10:45 am to 11:15 am
11:30 am to 12 noon
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Click here to learn more about Merit’s NTI events, our expert critical care speakers, and to get a full list of other Critical Care and Infection Control products we’ll be showcasing.

*Data on file 

For a complete step-by-step guide to delivery, refer to instructions for Use. Please consult product labels and inserts for any indications, contraindications, potential complications, warnings, precautions and directions for use.

NTI 2017: Partner with Us Across the Patient Care Continuum

Merit Medical is making its debut at the 2017 AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Houston, TX, on May 23-25. After 30 years of bringing quality, innovative products to medical professionals, we’re continuing the Merit tradition at this year’s NTI by introducing our critical care portfolio and demonstrating how we can partner with you across the patient care continuum.

Visit us at Booth 4300 and look forward to the following events we have planned through our Merit Education Theater:

  • Earn CERP credits while learning about infection control from expert critical care nurses.
  • Get an up-close look at our Critical Care and Infection Control products.
  • Learn about our Patient Care Continuum promise to you and product continuity that spans the patient care continuum.
  • Meet the Merit team at the Merit Ice Cream Café! Enjoy ice cream on us and learn about the many ways we can partner with you.

In-Booth Presentations You Won’t Want to Miss (Booth 4300):

Sepsis Survival for Patients and Nurses
Addressing the new definition of sepsis and mandatory CMS reporting.
Alexander Johnson, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN 

TUESDAY, MAY 23
10:45 am to 11:15 am
11:30 am to 12 noon
1 pm to 1:30 pm

Preventing CLABSIs: Tales from the Frontline
Discussing protocols to prevent bloodstream infections and how newer technologies and education have helped reduce the occurrence. A specific case will be discussed.

Donna Schweitzer, MSN, CCNS, CCRN 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
10:45 am to 11:15 am
11:30 am to 12 noon
3:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Learn more about Merit’s NTI events, our expert critical care speakers, and specific Critical Care and Infection Control products we’ll be showcasing.

Alicia Armeli is a paid consultant of Merit Medical. For a complete step-by-step guide to delivery, refer to instructions for Use. Please consult product labels and inserts for any indications, contraindications, potential complications, warnings, precautions and directions for use.

The DriPAD™: Super Absorbent Technology that Helps to Provide Better Patient Care

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From assisting a patient with incontinence care, to assisting in reducing room-turn over time, the DriPAD has numerous applications and can be used in multiple areas within a hospital. Having up to 10x more absorption power than alternative pads, using a product with a higher absorbency means fewer pads used per patient—which supports hospital cost-cutting initiatives and reduces biohazard waste disposal costs.

Through super absorbent technology, the DriPAD soaks up to 35x its weight in fluids. Each DriPAD features a robust polypropylene backing to provide a barrier that prevents leakage with a specially treated absorbent core that wicks moisture away from the skin for ultimate protection. This can help provide better patient care both during procedures and in the post-surgical-care environment.

The DriPAD not only keeps patients dry, but it also helps control odors through an EPA registered Silver Ion agent. Many hospitals are looking for ways to continuously deliver positive outcomes while being environmentally friendly. Furthermore, just one DriPAD replaces many underpads, reducing the amount of unnecessary trash in landfills.

Available in various sizes and absorption capacities, the DriPAD extends its care beyond the hospital, making it easy to use at home.