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Eliminating Extravasation Events

Infusion Nursing.jpgIn the May/June issue of the Journal of Infusion Nursing, Christine Coyle, Julie Griffie, and Lynn Czaplewski discuss a multidisciplinary approach to eliminate extravasation events (Jrnl Inf Nursing, Volume 37, Number 3). The article focuses on chemotherapy treatment as an example of infusion therapy with potentially harmful vesicants and outlines some of the key factors that may lead to extravasations. These authors state that sharing responsibilities among nursing team members is a critical step for implementing safe administration of vesicants. Coyle, Griffie, and Czaplewski report on changes in their own facility, which helped them to achieve an incredible 90% reduction in vesicants which were administered through peripheral IVs. This reduction also helped them eliminate extravasation events during the first six month time period, a goal which the authors state should be everyone’s goal.

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Eliminating Extravasation Events: A Multidisciplinary Approach
By: Christine Coyle, MSN, RN, OCN®, Julie Griffie, MSN, RN, AOCN®, ACNS-BC, APRN, Lynn M. Czaplewski, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CRNI®, AOCNS®
Published: May/June 2014