Implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines for Replacing Peripheral Intravenous Catheters.
J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Jul 08;:
Authors: Oh JH, Shelly M, Nersinger S, Cai X, Olsan T
BACKGROUND: A community hospital policy of routinely replacing peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) needed updating to the clinical practice guideline (CPG) of clinically indicated replacement.
METHODS: Guided by Lean principles, a clinical nurse leader (CNL) led a quality improvement small test of change on a 38-bed medical unit. The impact of the CPG was evaluated using quality, safety, and workflow measures.
RESULTS: Nurses managed 469 inpatients, receiving 1033 PIVCs. Routine PIVC replacement declined from 34% to 3% (P < .001). PIVC dwell time ranged from 4 to 20 days and did not increase phlebitis (P = .41) or catheter-related bloodstream infections. Nurses attributed the improvements in workflow (P = .01) and the quality of patient care (94%) to the updated PIVC guideline.
CONCLUSIONS: Clinically-indicated PIVC replacement reduced unnecessary catheter insertions, maintained patient safety, improved efficiency, and is being implemented hospital-wide. This project highlights and advances the CNL role in transforming healthcare.
PMID: 31290781 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]