Hong Kong Med J 2006;12(Suppl 1):S28-30
Nursing management of peripheral intravascular access devices
V Nahas, A Chang, A Molassiotis, WK Chan, WK Tong
Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
1. Maintenance of quality venous access presents a challenge to nursing care of patients who may have to rely on intravenous access for the administration of fluids, nutrients, and medications.
2. Staff education is of utmost importance in reducing peripheral intravenous access device-related complications.
3. The use of clinical guidelines is critical in maintaining the standards of nursing practice in relation to the management of intravenous catheters.
4. Competency-based evaluation tools need to be developed to assist in providing a comprehensive intravenous therapy programme.