A guide to the use and care of vascular access devices in the palliative care setting

Linda J Kelly

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Abstract

There has been a steady increase in the number and range of vascular access devices used in all areas of health care. With this increase there comes a requirement that health professionals dealing with these devices be aware of the range available, indications for use, and the most up to date guidance on the care and maintenance procedures. Care of the device is paramount to preventing complications. This article provides an overview of the types of venous access devices that may be encountered when a patient is transferred to palliative care services, as well as of the procedures for routine maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-9
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Volume17
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Bandages
  • Catheters, Indwelling
  • Disinfection
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Palliative Care
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic

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