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Title: Finding the evidence for keeping the patency in Peripheral Intermittent Intravenous devices
Authors: Μήτσιου - Τζώρτζη, Μαρία
Κουτελέκος, Ιωάννης
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Εφαρμοσμένη πρακτική;Evidence-based practice;Peripheral intermittent intravenous device;Patency;Heparin solution;Saline solution
Subjects: Medicine--Nursing
Issue Date: 13-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 13-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: Background:There is a controversial aspect concerning the method of choice for maintaining the patency of peripheral intermittent intravenous catheters. Some institutes use a dilution of heparin for this purpose, whereas many others use a small amount of normal saline flush. So, it would be worthwhile to look for the best available evidence for this. Methods: A thorough search was performed in different nursing and medical databases, in order to find the available evidence. All relevant information has been obtained from papers written in English and published during the last twenty years. Results: Many research papers were examined and appraised for their level of evidence. The available evidence suggests the same degree of effectiveness of normal saline versus heparin solution for maintenance of patency of peripheral intermittent intravenous catheters. Conclusion: Since the use of heparin is considered the cause for many side effects and complications, normal saline should be the solution of choice as it contributes to patients’ safety, patients’ satisfaction and cost savings.
Description: Review
Language: English
Citation: Mitsiou-Tzortzi, M., Koutelekos, I.. (2008). Finding the evidence for keeping the patency in Peripheral Intermittent Intravenous devices. "Health Science Journal". 2 (3), 121-28.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 2, τεύχος 3 (Ιουλ. - Σεπ. 2008)

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