Peripheral intravenous catheter practices in Australian and New Zealand neonatal units: a cross-sectional survey

August, D., Ullman, A.J., Rickard, C.M., and New, K. (2019) Peripheral intravenous catheter practices in Australian and New Zealand neonatal units: a cross-sectional survey. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 25 (5). pp. 240-244.

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Abstract

Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are important tools for the provision of treatment for unwell and premature neonates. This study aimed to explore current PIVC practices (i.e. insertion, product selection, complications and management priorities) within Australian and New Zealand neonatal units, to identify areas for innovation and practice change. The survey was distributed via Australian and New Zealand neonatal nursing associations, with 180 respondents (54% Australia; 46% New Zealand). Respondents reported an average of 2–3 insertion attempts were required per PIVC, with variability in cleansing agents, decontamination techniques, skin barrier films and PIVC dressing products used. The large majority of respondents reported seeing skin complications associated with PIVCs within their practice (94%). Infection prevention was the highest management priority, and skin complication prevention, the lowest priority. High quality research is necessary to inform neonatal PIVC insertion and management practices, to improve patient safety and treatment provision.

Item ID: 61708
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1878-089X
Keywords: infection prevention, infusion therapy, intravenous, neonates, nursing practice, peripheral, skin injury
Copyright Information: © 2019 Neonatal Nurses Association.
Date Deposited: 10 May 2020 22:42
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3213 Paediatrics > 321303 Neonatology @ 100%
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