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Does Certification in Vascular Access Matter? An Analysis of the PICC1 Survey
To present the details of a study done to determine whether certified and noncertified inserters differ in their practices and views about peripherally inserted central catheter use.
After completing this continuing nursing education activity, you should be able to
- outline characteristics of the study participants.
- discern the authors’ findings.
- identify any implications for practice and further research.
- Certification helps assure the public and other stakeholders ofthe availability of ongoing training.
empowerment among nurses.
competence in a domain.
- Which of the following is a professional organization for both nurses and other health care professionals who are vascular access specialists?Infusion Nurses Society
Association for Vascular Access
Vascular Access Certification Corporation
- Of the clinicians participating in the authors’ study, what percentage reported having certification in peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion?46%
- Among certified and noncertified PICC inserters, 89% in both groups identified as vascular accesstechnicians.
- What percentage of certified inserters reported that their facility had a written medical or nursing process for reviewing the necessity of PICCs on a daily basis?71%
- Of certified inserters reporting having placed a PICC in a patient receiving dialysis, almost all reported consulting beforehand with which of the following professionals?interventional radiologist
another certified inserter
- Of the certified inserters, more than three-fourths reported using caps, masks, gowns, sterile gloves, andfull body drapes.
- In both groups, 96% reported using which of the following to find a suitable vein for PICC insertion?palpation
- Which dressing was reported as the one most often used for routine care after PICC placement by certified inserters?clear transparent dressing
- Compared with certified inserters, noncertified inserters used wing-based productsat about the same rate.
- According to the study, “targeted” flushing means flushing only those lumens that arenot being actively used.
not being used for blood draws.
being actively used.
- More certified than noncertified inserters reported practicingrapid push flushes.
- More certified than noncertified inserters reported flushing withnormal saline.
- More certified than noncertified inserters felt that what percentage of PICCs were placed for inappropriate reasons and could have been avoided?5% or more
10% or more
15% or more
- According to current guidelines, placing PICCs in patients who are receiving dialysisis contraindicated.
should only be done with the approval of a nephrologist.
is associated with no constraints or contraindications.
- The authors suggest all of the following as vital steps in changing policy exceptworking to eliminate financial barriers to obtaining certification.
making PICC certification a requirement for employment.
measuring key outcomes based on certification status.
- Identified limitations of the study includethe possibility of selection bias.
the use of descriptive statistics for data analysis.
the use of gift cards as an incentive for participation.