Journal of Infusion Nursing

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Journal of Infusion Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000013

Increasing Nurse Competence in Peripheral Intravenous Therapy

Woody, Gina DNP, RN; Davis, Barbara A. PhD, RN

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Infiltration and phlebitis are common complications associated with peripherally inserted vascular (PIV) therapy. This performance improvement plan included a pretest, a competency-based training module, and a posttest to determine whether nursing knowledge of infiltration and phlebitis improved. The postintervention data revealed a 50% reduction in infiltration and phlebitis. Annual education requirements combined with competency skills for assessing PIV catheter sites will provide nursing staff with the knowledge and tools to change current practice.

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