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  1. Fujioka, Genichiro BSN, RN
  2. Newcomb, Patricia PhD, RN, CPNP Ret
  3. Hunchusky, Cindy BSN, RN, CRNI(R)
  4. Myers, Helen BSN, RN, CRNI(R)
  5. Behan, Deborah PhD, RN-BC


This study investigates the use of a structured protocol by vascular access team (VAT) nurses compared with the practice of bedside nurses to minimize patient pain related to short peripheral catheter (SPC) insertion. During this quantitative study, 201 adults were randomly assigned to have their SPC placed either by the VAT or by bedside nurses. Results showed significantly lower pain scores with the VAT SPC placement (P = .026), and patients were significantly more likely to report the experience as better than their previous SPC placement experiences ([chi]2 = 7.8; P = .005). Therefore, the use of a VAT would be worthwhile to improve patient satisfaction.