ThoughtExchange invitation to provide feedback on infections arising from peripheral intravenous catheters

Te Tahu Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission is planning a national quality improvement initiative to reduce blood stream infections associated with peripheral intravascular devices (PIVCs) in our hospitals.

Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (HA-SAB) has been increasing steadily since 2017. Over two-thirds of these events are related to medical device use, and most of the devices involved are vascular access devices.

We are seeking feedback from a wide range of clinical groups about PIVC management in NZ.

We would like to invite intravenous and vascular access nurses to participate in a Thought Exchange survey about factors contributing to infections in your workplace and how these infections can be prevented.

To gather your feedback, we’re using a tool called ThoughtExchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued.

Click here to participate:

You’ll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign ratings to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what’s important to the group. You can rate as many thoughts as you’d like before moving on to ‘View results’ where you can see all the thoughts sorted by the average rating.

Your thoughts and ratings are confidential. You can come back as often as you’d like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to rate some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on to reduce PIVC related infections

Participation will be open until 3 September 2023.

If you need technical help, please call ThoughtExchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email

Thank you in advance for your help and input.

Ngā mihi

Dr Ruth Barrett
Specialist, infection prevention and control | Mātanga, ārai mate me te whakahaere
Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission