Nurses' knowledge of intravenous connectors

Cynthia C Chernecky, Lindsey Casella, Erin Jarvis, Denise Macklin, Marlene Rosenkoetter

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Abstract

No published studies assess the knowledge of staff nurses regarding intravenous connectors, yet connectors remain a primary cause of infection and mortality. Anonymous survey (N = 100) in acute hospitals revealed 78% of nurses were uninformed about different connector types and their different care and 43% could not name two complications of connectors. No significant relationship was found between education (r = 0.121, p < 0.05) or nursing specialty (r =-0.059, p < 0.05) and identifying types of connectors. Sixty-four per cent were involved in 5-6 hours of intravenous therapy and maintenance per 12-hour shift, hence connector care is significant. Education about connectors has implications for nursing associated with catheter-related bloodstream infections, occlusion and thrombosis. The Centers for Disease Control includes catheter-related bloodstream infections as a worldwide priority. This study identified a significant need for further nursing education and research regarding the types, maintenance and care of intravenous connectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-415
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Nursing
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 22 2010

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Keywords

  • connectors
  • intravenous
  • nursing
  • vascular access

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Chernecky, C. C., Casella, L., Jarvis, E., Macklin, D., & Rosenkoetter, M. (2010). Nurses' knowledge of intravenous connectors. Journal of Research in Nursing, 15(5), 405-415. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987109351865

Nurses' knowledge of intravenous connectors. / Chernecky, Cynthia C; Casella, Lindsey; Jarvis, Erin; Macklin, Denise; Rosenkoetter, Marlene.

In: Journal of Research in Nursing, Vol. 15, No. 5, 22.09.2010, p. 405-415.

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Chernecky, CC, Casella, L, Jarvis, E, Macklin, D & Rosenkoetter, M 2010, 'Nurses' knowledge of intravenous connectors', Journal of Research in Nursing, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 405-415. https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987109351865
Chernecky, Cynthia C ; Casella, Lindsey ; Jarvis, Erin ; Macklin, Denise ; Rosenkoetter, Marlene. / Nurses' knowledge of intravenous connectors. In: Journal of Research in Nursing. 2010 ; Vol. 15, No. 5. pp. 405-415.
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