Aim: To systematically evaluate the efficacy of different topical treatments for PVC-related phlebitis in hospital in-patients.
Design: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Methods: A selection was made of experimental and quasi-experimental studies published in English or Spanish. These should provide data on the degree of phlebitis, pain and infiltration (means and standard deviations, mainly) of hospitalized patients with phlebitis secondary to peripheral venous catheter. All those studies that reflected systemic or exclusive prevention treatments were excluded. Searches were from inception to April 2020. The date of data collection was from December 2020 to May 2021. The selection criteria were based on the PICOS model. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration tool.
Results: Twelve studies (726 patients) met the inclusion criteria. With respect to the decrease in the degree of phlebitis, was found ichthammol glycerine, followed by heparinoids. As for degree of pain, sesame oil obtained the most marked reduction. In terms of degree of infiltration, heparinoids and ichthammol glycerine were the only products to achieve a statistically significant reduction. The most important limitations are the low quantity and quality of the trials included. Insufficient data are available to draw valid conclusions about the efficacy of any treatment.Reference:
Garcia-Expósito J, Sánchez-Meca J, Almenta-Saavedra JA, Llubes-Arrià L, Torné-Ruiz A, Roca J. Peripheral venous catheter-related phlebitis: A meta-analysis of topical treatment. Nurs Open. 2022 Nov 6. doi: 10.1002/nop2.1449. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36335576.