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Standard Short Peripheral Catheters (SPCs) Versus Power Injectable SPCs During Contrast Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Angiography

A Quality Improvement Study

Pohlod, Virginia, MS, ARNP, CRNI®

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000301

To perform high-resolution computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging angiographies, contrast typically is rapidly injected through a 20-gauge or larger short peripheral catheter (SPC). Intravenous access in infants and children can be challenging, and the use of large-gauge catheters is not always feasible. An institutional review board-approved quality improvement study was undertaken at a 250-bed pediatric hospital on Florida's Gulf Coast that compared the use and outcomes of standard SPCs (nonfenestrated) versus a power injectable SPC (fenestrated with 3 side holes distal to the catheter tip).

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Saint Petersburg, Florida (retired).

Virginia Pohlod, MS, ARNP, CRNI®, served as the advanced practice nurse for the vascular access team at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida, until her retirement in 2016, after 30 years on the vascular access team.

Corresponding Author: Virginia Pohlod, MS, ARNP, CRNI®, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, c/o Vascular Access Team, 501 6th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida, 33701 (

Preliminary findings of this study were presented as an oral abstract at INS 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The author of this article has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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