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Central venous access care algorithm to improve safety for children

"A multidisciplinary team developed a care algorithm to standardize preoperative screening before pediatric CVAD placement" Wagner et al (2020).

Abstract:

Central vascular access device (CVAD) placement is a common procedure in children. When selecting a CVAD, available evidence and specified indications should be used to choose the device that best supports the patient’s treatment and carries the lowest risks. A multidisciplinary team developed a care algorithm to standardize preoperative screening before pediatric CVAD placement, with 3 major parts: CVAD selection, patient risk stratification, and preoperative evaluation. Using a stepwise approach of provider education and incorporation into the electronic health record, the team achieved 82% stratification among inpatients. The team’s algorithm integrates the existing literature and recommendations for safe and effective CVAD placement.

Reference:

Wagner ML, Doellman D, Forlenza KN, et al. Standardizing Preoperative Evaluation for Pediatric Central Venous Access: A Care Algorithm to Improve Safety. J Infus Nurs. 2020;43(5):262-274. doi:10.1097/NAN.0000000000000386