Vascular access devices: securement and dressings
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Vascular access devices: securement and dressings

Janice Gabriel Nurse director, Central South Coast Cancer Network, Portsmouth

Many patients admitted to hospital will require a vascular access device (VAD). Insertion of VADs is often viewed as a routine procedure, with little attention given to the importance of appropriate securement and dressing and how these factors can affect patient outcomes. This article discusses the types of VAD available and the rationale for VAD securement and appropriate dressings to minimise complications.

Nursing Standard. 24, 52, 41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.


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