Background: The use of a peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVC) is a common invasive practice in healthcare settings. It is estimated that about 70% of people with PIVCs will develop associated complications, such as infections. It is the consensus that best practices could reduce the appearance of such complications and reduce the length of stay in hospital.
Methods: A project will be applied to implement the best approach in peripheral venous catheterization, provided by clinical nurses from an inland hospital in Portugal. The Joanna Briggs Institute methodology will be used on evidence implementation projects, which will be developed in three phases. First, a baseline audit will be performed. The second phase implements corrective measures, and the third phase is a follow-up audit.
Conclusions: This project will improve the practice of the nursing team on peripheral venous catheterization nursing cares, positively influencing the quality of nursing care and patient safety. The implementation and dissemination of this project could boost its replication in other centres.Reference:
Catarino F, Lourenço C, Correia C, Dória J, Dixe M, Santos C, Sousa J, Mendonça S, Cardoso D, Costeira CR. Nursing Care in Peripheral Intravenous Catheter (PIVC): Protocol of a Best Practice Implementation Project. Nurs Rep. 2022 Jul 13;12(3):515-519. doi: 10.3390/nursrep12030049. PMID: 35894039; PMCID: PMC9326554.