Venous access in oncology and haematology patients: part one
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Venous access in oncology and haematology patients: part one

Sara Wells Haematology sister, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham

Reliable and sustained venous access is imperative for the successful treatment of patients with malignant disease. Its institution is achieved by the proactive assessment of patients’ venous access needs. Assessment tools may facilitate this process. This article presents a review of the literature on the three factors fundamental to assessment of patients’ venous access needs: patient characteristics, treatment characteristics and available devices. This literature review contributed to the development of two venous access assessment tools that can be used by nurses: the adult Venous Assessment Tool (VAT) and the algorithm Deciding on IntraVenous Access (DIVA). They are presented in part two of this article, which will be published next week.

Nursing Standard. 22, 52,39-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.09.22.52.39.c6649

Correspondence

sara.wells@uhb.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review