Reducing vascular access complications

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Intravenous literature: Rey, J., Jones, K., Berriel-Cass, D., Hendrich, A., Szpunar, S., Saravolatz, L. and Fakih, M. (2011) An Educational Intervention to Reduce Intravascular Catheter (IVC) Complications if the Non-ICU Setting: Evaluation of Nurses’ Knowledge, Perception of Manager Involvement, and Impact of Intervention. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 39(5), p.E168-E169.

Abstract:

We evaluated nurses’ knowledge of process measures to improve IVC care and their perception of the value of an educational program. A research nurse provided a formal lecture with an identical 16 question pre and post lecture quiz to assess basic knowledge of IVC care during an intervention in 10 non-intensive care units. Routine audits and feedback on compliance with documentation, duration, dressing integrity, and line management were conducted. Following the intervention, we assessed the nurses’ perception of the value of the program using a 10 question, 5 Likert scale survey; strongly agree responses were compared with all other responses (agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree).

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