Central venous catheters: a review of the literature
Harrison Maureen Clinical Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Development Unit, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Central venous catheters have revolutionised the care of patients requiring long term intravenous therapy. However, the complications of infection and thrombosis remain major concerns. The author reviewed the literature to discover whether changing practice could reduce the infection rates on her unit
Following an audit on the author’s unit, staff were concerned about catheter infection rates. Nurses from the ward networked with other units and found that they were also concerned about infection and thrombosis, and searching for ways to improve catheter care. As a result, a literature review was conducted to find some solutions.
Nursing Standard. 11, 27, 43-45. doi: 10.7748/ns.11.27.43.s48