Herriage, T., Hooke, M.C., Streifel, A. and Slaker, B. (2015) Utilization of an Intravenous Line Filter Within a Pediatric Oncology Population. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. July 27th. [epub ahead of print].
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Young children with cancer often have central lines. When ambulating during an intravenous infusion, their tubing drags on the hospital floor resulting in contamination of the exterior of the tubing. The tubing can then contaminate the children’s linens, where central line procedures occur, increasing the risk of a central line associated blood stream infection. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the IV line filter as a device to decrease contamination of the exterior of IV tubing. Baseline adenosine triphosphate bioluminescence testing was used on the exterior IV tubing to quantify organic matter as relative light units. The bioluminescence tests were performed on ambulatory, inpatient children with cancer ages 2 to 10 years, pre-implementation (n = 29) and post-implementation (n = 18) of the IV Line Lifter. Relative light unit levels significantly decreased post-implementation (P < .001). Users of the device reported ease of ambulation when using the device and a willingness to use again. Results support the need for an IV Line Lifter to keep IV tubing off of the hospital floor, to ease ambulation, and decrease the risk of central line-associated blood stream infection.
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