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Short Peripheral Catheter Performance Following Adoption of Clinical Indication Removal

DeVries, Michelle, MPH, CIC®, VA-BC; Strimbu, Kathryn

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000318

Two years following the adoption of clinical indication policies for short peripheral catheters (SPCs), a large community hospital undertook 2 extensive point prevalence reviews at 1-year intervals to study the overall outcomes associated with the SPCs. The findings were used to enhance documentation as well as staff awareness. A bundled approach was taken, focusing on insertion as well as care and maintenance needs. Consistent outcomes included at least 20% of catheters remaining functional more than 7 days and 35% more than 5 days.

Methodist Hospitals, Gary, Indiana (Ms DeVries and Ms Stimbu); and Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research, Menzies Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (Ms DeVries).

Michelle DeVries, MPH, CIC®, VA-BC, is the senior infection control officer at Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Indiana, and is also an adjunct research fellow at the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research at Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Kathryn Strimbu is a student intern at Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Indiana.

Corresponding Author: Michelle DeVries, MPH, CIC®, VA-BC, Senior Infection Control Officer, Methodist Hospitals, Infection Control, 600 Grant Street, Gary, IN 46402 (

Ms DeVries serves on the speaker bureaus of Access Scientific, Becton Dickinson, Eloquest Healthcare, and Ethicon. She has received investigator-initiated grant funding from Johnson and Johnson. The work presented in this article was neither funded nor influenced by any organizations. Ms Strimbu has no conflicts to declare.

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