B-Braun vs BD autogaurds

  1. Hi,
    The powers to be have decided that our BD autoguard IV caths no longer meet INS safety requirements. They have introduced these Bbraun IV caths. We(the ed nursing staff) as a whole have now petitioned to remove these Bbrauns and re install the Bd auto gaurds.
    Does anybody have experience with these B Braun IV caths? Good or bad? The reps tell us that most hospitals have switched to these due to the fact that the Bd autoguard no longer meet INS safety requirements. If your facility have made an IV cath switch what did they switch to? and why?
    We believe that this switch was a cost control issue. They trialled these IV's in a Pre op holding area against one other cath (we dont know what that was) What we heard from these nurses were that the Bbraun where the lesser of two evils.

    We are a level one trauma ED. The issues we have with these caths is blood exposure. The need to adjust our techniques and practice in the mist of chaos , is leaving us more exposed to blood and needle sticks .
    Any insight, positive or negative , on this issue is appreciated . We need concrete, evidence based information to make our switch back or to bring in a better product than the Bbraun. thanks
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  3. by   IVRUS
    Quote from gizelda196
    Hi,
    The powers to be have decided that our BD autoguard IV caths no longer meet INS safety requirements. They have introduced these Bbraun IV caths. We(the ed nursing staff) as a whole have now petitioned to remove these Bbrauns and re install the Bd auto gaurds.
    Does anybody have experience with these B Braun IV caths? Good or bad? The reps tell us that most hospitals have switched to these due to the fact that the Bd autoguard no longer meet INS safety requirements. If your facility have made an IV cath switch what did they switch to? and why?
    We believe that this switch was a cost control issue. They trialled these IV's in a Pre op holding area against one other cath (we dont know what that was) What we heard from these nurses were that the Bbraun where the lesser of two evils.

    We are a level one trauma ED. The issues we have with these caths is blood exposure. The need to adjust our techniques and practice in the mist of chaos , is leaving us more exposed to blood and needle sticks .
    Any insight, positive or negative , on this issue is appreciated . We need concrete, evidence based information to make our switch back or to bring in a better product than the Bbraun. thanks
    Well if your referring to the fact that the Insyte Autoguard is a active safety deisgn, versus the Braun which is a passive safety design, then yes, I concur with the switch. I'm puzzled as to why you feel the Braun product exposed you to more blood & needle sticks... When used correctly, you should have less issues than the active safety design. We use the Introcan Safety IV catheters from Braun and have great success with them. I can tell you, however, that after the switch I did hear some nurses complain because the design forbids them from doing what they wanted to do, namely, reinsert the needle into the IV catheter if their blood return suddenly diminshed. In actuality, no ONE should be reinserting the needle anyway so I am glad that this prevented their dangerous practice.

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