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"It was determined that applying warm water compresses three times a day in phlebitis care had a positive effect on healing" Aksoy and Bayram (2023).

Infusion phlebitis treatment with warm compress

Abstract:

Purpose: Phlebitis is a common complication in palliative patients. There are limited nursing practices in phlebitis care. The study was conducted to determine the effect of warm moist compresses in patients with peripheral intravenous catheter-related phlebitis.

Methods: 70 patients (35 control and 35 experimental) with phlebitis symptoms who were hospitalized in the palliative clinic of a training and research hospital were recruited for the study. The phlebitis site of the patients in the control and experimental groups were followed for three days. While the control group received routine nursing care, the experimental group received a warm moist compresses at 28 °C for 15 min three times a day for three days in addition to routine nursing care.

Results: According to the results, there was a decrease in the initial and final phlebitis grades between the control and experimental groups, but the difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.957, p = 0.078). In the final evaluation of the phlebitis site, a statistically significant difference was observed in redness, edema width, and pain intensity between the control and experimental groups in favor of the experimental group (p˂0.001, p = 0.006, p˂0.001, respectively).

Conclusions: It was determined that applying warm water compresses three times a day in phlebitis care had a positive effect on healing.


Reference:

Aksoy F, Bayram SB. The effect of warm moist compresses in peripheral intravenous catheter-related phlebitis. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2023 Oct 11;67:102438. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2023.102438. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37913684.