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Peripheral Phlebitis: A Point-Prevalence Study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22759829     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The purpose of this research study was to determine the factors influencing peripheral phlebitis in the adult medical-surgical population. The authors would then be able to use those data to determine whether a change in practice was warranted. Data collection and analysis of 188 intravenous sites revealed that females with higher doses of medications in intravenous sites of longer dwell times and suboptimal nutrition were at greater risk of developing peripheral phlebitis. The point prevalence was greater than the recommended 5%, which led the authors to review their facility's patient care and documentation practices.
Authors:
Georgita T Washington; Robin Barrett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of infusion nursing : the official publication of the Infusion Nurses Society     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1539-0667     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-7-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101124170     Medline TA:  J Infus Nurs     Country:  -    
Other Details:
Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  252-258     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Acute Medicine Division, Mountain States Health Alliance/Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee (Dr Washington); and Medical Surgical Unit, Mountain States Health Alliance/Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee (Ms Barrett). Georgita T. Washington, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CCNS, is clinical nurse specialist, Acute Medicine Division, Mountain States Health Alliance/Johnson City Medical Center. She has worked for 31 years in critical care and acute care nursing and care of patients with peripheral intravenous sites. Robin Barrett, BSN, RN, has provided direct patient care at the bedside for 25 years. Her career has included high-risk obstetrics, gynecological oncology, medical-surgical nursing, and trauma. She has served as a resource and model for other positions, participated in process improvement, and functioned in leadership roles while caring for patients with peripheral intravenous sites.
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