With potential hospital reimbursement centered on patient satisfaction, limiting the number of invasive peripheral venipunctures may increase Press Ganey satisfaction scores. A prospective study compared published outcomes with conventional intravenous (IV) catheters against results using a newly designed IV catheter with a retractable, coiled-tip guidewire. The objectives were to determine whether successful first-attempt and IV complication rates might be altered using the new technology. In a small community hospital-based study of 95 patients, first-attempt success, complications, dwell time, and patient satisfaction results with the new technology scored significantly better, from insertion to removal, than published outcomes with conventional catheters.
Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Norman R. Anderson, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, is the coordinator for intravenous therapy at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he serves on the Value Analysis Team and the intravenous therapy nurse practice, education, and quality management committees.
Corresponding Author: Norman R. Anderson, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, Coordinator, Intravenous Therapy Team, Evangelical Community Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837 (Norman.Anderson@evanhospital.com).
Vascular Pathways provided an unrestricted educational grant to Evangelical Hospital at completion of the study. They also provided the AccuCath devices used for the study.
The author of this article has no conflicts of interest to disclose and has no financial interest in this device.