Oncology 101

Caring for Patients With Cancer Through Nursing Knowledge of IV Connectors

Cynthia Chernecky

Denise Macklin

Lindsey Casella

Erin Jarvis

vascular access ports, central venous access device
CJON 2009, 13(6), 630-633. DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.630-633

Knowledge about the three different types of IV connectors (negative, positive, and neutral) is imperative to cancer care as specific and distinct interventions can help prevent occlusions and catheter-related bloodstream infections that can lead to increased morbidity with infections and loss of treatment time and mortality. Nurses have responsibilities associated with nursing research, education, and evidence-based practice that should support the outcomes of best patient care when using IV connectors.

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