Intravenous therapy and self-care

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O’Halloran, L., El-Masri, M.M. and Fox-Wasylyshyn, S. (2008) Home Intravenous Therapy and the Ability to Perform Self-care Activities of Daily Living. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 31(6), p.367-374.

Abstract: 

This prospective cohort study examined the variables that affect the ability of 92 patients receiving home intravenous (IV) therapy to perform self-care activities of daily living and whether there was a difference in their ability based on vascular access device (VAD) location and type or other IV-related variables. Analysis revealed that 4 IV-related variables were significant predictors of self-care ability score: IV delivery method ([beta]= -.212, P = .018), VAD placement in the dominant hand ([beta]= -.208, P = .017), VAD dressing ([beta]= .215, P = .013), and IV solution ([beta]= .206, P = .022). These findings provide community-based nurses with evidence-based information regarding the variables that have an impact on the ability of patients receiving home IV therapy to perform the activities of daily living.

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