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Establishing a Dedicated Difficult Vascular Access Team in the Emergency Department: A Needs Assessment

Whalen, Madeleine MSN/MPH, RN, CEN; Maliszewski, Barbara MS, RN; Baptiste, Diana-Lyn DNP, RN

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000218
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Peripheral vascular access is one of the most common procedures performed in emergency departments across the United States. Successful venipuncture is critical in providing timely diagnosis and treatments for patients. The aim of this article is to describe a needs assessment performed in a level-one academic emergency department to establish the need for a dedicated team for patients with difficult vascular access. Results from this assessment suggest that difficult vascular access represents tangible threats to patient safety and increased use of resources.

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (Ms Whalen and Mrs Maliszewski), and Department of Acute and Chronic Care, The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Baptiste).

Madeleine Whalen, MSN/MPH, RN, CEN, is a nurse clinician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.

Barbara Maliszewski, MS, RN, is the assistant director of nursing in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.

Diana-Lyn Baptiste, DNP, RN, is an assistant professor in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Corresponding Author: Diana-Lyn Baptiste, DNP, RN, assistant professor, Department of Acute and Chronic Care, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, 525 N Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205 (dbaptis1@jhu.edu).

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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