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Pharmacological Interventions to Treat Phlebitis: Systematic Review

Reis, Paula Elaine Diniz dos PhD, RN; de Campos Pereira Silveira, Renata Cristina PhD, RN; Vasques, Christiane Inocêncio RN; de Carvalho, Emilia Campos PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0b013e318198d497
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This study presents a systematic review for evaluating effective pharmacological actions for the treatment of phlebitis stemming from infusion therapy. The studies reviewed were categorized according to the type of therapeutic approach proposed by the author and by the level of evidence presented. The review found that topical nitroglycerin and notoginseny were more effective in the reduction of the inflammatory process when compared with other proposed alternatives. Nevertheless, the development of research related to possible alternatives for the treatment of phlebitis is important.

This study presents a systematic review for evaluating effective pharmacological actions for the treatment of phlebitis stemming from infusion therapy. The studies reviewed were categorized according to the type of therapeutic approach proposed by the author and by the level of evidence presented. The review found that topical nitroglycerin and notoginseny were more effective in the reduction of the inflammatory process when compared with other proposed alternatives. Nevertheless, the development of research related to possible alternatives for the treatment of phlebitis is important.

Oncologic Clinical Nursing Especialist, Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Ms dos Reis); Assistant Professor, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research Development, Brazil (Ms de Campos Pereira Silveira); PhD Candidate, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research Development, Brazil, and Oncologic Clinical Nursing Especialist (Ms Vasques); Full Professor, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research Development, Brazil; Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (Dr Campos de Carvalho).

Corresponding Author: Emilia Campos de Carvalho, PhD, RN, University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Research Development, Av. Bandeirantes, 3900 Campus Universitário Jardim Monte Alegre, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (ecdcava@eerp.usp.br).

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