Intravenous Access in Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage: A Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Initiative Led by Emergency Department Nurses and Internal Medicine Physicians.
J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Nov 14;:
Authors: Koop AH, Cowdell J, Patel N, Kesler A, Mwakyanjala E, Heckman A, Padmanabhan Menon D, Patel N, Narciso P, Reid A, Decicco N, Speicher L
BACKGROUND: The management of acute gastrointestinal hemorrhage (GIH) is focused on early resuscitation through 2 large-bore intravenous (2LBIV) catheters, although adherence to this recommendation is low.
LOCAL PROBLEM: Of 100 patients hospitalized with GIH in 2017, only 14 received 2LBIV access. The goal of this study was to improve this measure.
METHODS: A multidisciplinary team used the DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) framework to perform a quality improvement initiative.
INTERVENTIONS: The team used quality tools including a stakeholder survey, swimlane diagram, and fishbone diagram. The first intervention involved education of the hospitalists directing admissions, and the second intervention involved education of emergency department (ED) physicians and nurses regarding the importance of 2LBIV placement.
RESULTS: Following the second intervention, there was a substantial increase in 2LBIV placement to 37 of 86 (43%).
CONCLUSIONS: Carefully directed education of ED physicians and nurses with monthly feedback was effective in improving appropriate intravenous placement in patients with GIH.
PMID: 31743327 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]