< Back to NursingCenter.com
LWW Continuing Education
JBI Continuing Education
AJN EBP Series
Understanding Evidence-Based Practice
Translating Research into Professional Practices
Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Insertion of prehospital peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters frequently occurs under suboptimal conditions. Timely replacement of prehospital PIV catheters may minimize the risk of inhospital catheter-related infections. Inconsistent recommendations exist concerning when prehospital PIV catheters should be replaced. The following study assessed compliance with hospital order sets for the discontinuation of prehospital PIV catheters in trauma patients and their associated complications. Results revealed 33.62% compliance with the trauma order set and 66.38% compliance with the hospital order set. Less than 1% of patients exhibited an associated complication. Guidelines for replacement of prehospital PIV catheters should focus less on time since insertion and more on patient factors.
Not a member? Join now for Free!
Back to Top
Return to Nursing Center Home