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Quality Issues in Access Device Management

Markel Poole, Susan BSN, MS, CRNI, CNSN

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Patients are moving more rapidly from one healthcare setting to another. Often these patients have more complicated therapies and access devices and more potential for adverse occurrences. To provide care for these patients across healthcare settings, institutions need to plan a framework for delivery of quality care and services while minimizing the potential for complications. This article describes methods, tools, and other resources useful for promoting quality care in patients with more complex parenteral routes of administration.

Susan Markel Poole received a BSN from Arizona State University in 1980 and an MS from California State University, Chico, in 1994. She has been an active member of INS and has upheld her CRNI (Certified Registered Nurse Intravenous) certification since 1985. She also is an active member of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and has been board certified as a CNSN since 1985. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing. Her experience includes emergency/critical care and 15 years of high-technology alternate site infusion. She currently is Senior Director of Professional Services for Option Care, Inc., a national homecare company.

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