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: Gillian Strudwick, RN, MN, CVAA(c), Michelle DaGloria, RN, BScN, Karen Charron, RN, MHSM, Renee Logan, RN, CVAA(c), Allison Fournier, RN, BNSc, Cathy Murray, RN, BScN, MScN(Cand), Patricia Rodgers, RN, BEd (Adult), CNCC(c)
Purpose: In Canada, nurses provide the majority of care for vascular access devices. To date, no known Canadian assessment has been completed to assess the kinds of practices that are utilized by nurses to prevent catheter occlusions. Furthermore, there is no “bundle” of practice strategies, like there are for catheter-related bloodstream infections, for the prevention of catheter occlusions that can be used as a standard for care.
The purpose of this work is to understand catheter occlusion prevention practices currently being utilized in Canada.
Methods: A survey of 37 questions was developed based on four themes of catheter occlusion prevention strategies identified in literature. In addition, questions related to demographics were also asked of the participants. All CVAA members received the opportunity to fill out the survey via an emailed link to the online survey, and twice the executive director encouraged members to complete the survey.
Results: The survey provided insight and a basis for future Canadian practices surrounding the prevention of catheter occlusions. Some of the more interesting findings were related to the average years of experience nurses typically have who filled out the survey, recurring education practices, perceptions of technologies that may help reduce catheter occlusions, and monitoring strategies that are currently present.
Conclusion: It is hoped that information collected from this work will be a foundation of knowledge to help the Canadian Vascular Access Association to provide tools and resources and to inform meaningful future research on this important topic.
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