Frequency of Assessment of the Short Peripheral Catheter

Recorded On: 01/17/2018

Short peripheral catheters (SPCs) are the most commonly used invasive device among hospitalized patients, yet nurses often underestimate the risk and the potential for serious consequences associated with peripheral access. Critically important to reducing the risks associated with SPCs are appropriate device and site selection, impeccable insertion technique, and regular and careful assessment for signs/symptoms with prompt catheter removal if present. INS established recommendations for the frequency of SPC assessment as presented in a 2012 position paper and incorporated these recommendations in the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. This presentation will explore and describe assessment recommendations in relation to current evidence.

Lisa Gorski, MS, HHCNS, CRNI®, FAAN

Lisa Gorski has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for more than 30 years. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She is the author of Fast Facts for Nurses About Home Infusion Therapy, the upcoming 7th edition of Manual of IV Therapeutics, and more than 50 journal articles related to infusion therapy. She was also an editor for INS’ 2010 textbook, Infusion Nursing: An Evidence-Based Approach and is currently working on an updated edition scheduled for 2018 release. Lisa was named CRNI® of the year by INS in 2003 and CNS of the year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists in 2011. In 2006, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Lisa served as INS President from 2007-2008 and was chair of the 2011 and 2016 INS Standards of Practice committees. She currently lectures throughout the U.S. and abroad on infusion therapy-related topics, standards development, and home health care. 

CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: January 17, 2021


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