Access Device Guidelines: Recommendations for Nursing Practice and Education (third edition)
More than 40 years ago, healthcare professionals were limited to administering IV drugs through short-term peripheral or subclavian access devices. The practice of administering drugs to other areas of the body such as the epidural or peritoneal spaces existed in theory only. The healthcare landscape has changed significantly in those 40 years. Today, you have at your disposal a variety of short- and long-term access devices with new machines and improvements constantly being added to the mix. Healthcare professionals can now develop complex plans of treatment, and the quality of life and safety of patients has improved. Although procedures for managing routine care and complications that can arise in patients are common across most access devices, maintaining extensive knowledge of each device can be a challenge. The latest edition of Access Device Guidelines: Recommendations for Nursing Practice and Education will help you develop the expertise you need in this climate of perpetual change. In the third edition, you’ll explore the latest technologies, management procedures, and controversies that still exist in the field. With little evidence-based knowledge to guide nursing practice in the use of access devices, these guidelines have instead focused information culled from the available literature on procedures such as strict hand washing, strict aseptic technique, and a consistent approach to maintenance care. Developed to provide recommendations for application of access device technology within nursing practice, these guidelines provide the foundation for evidence-based practice and a means to evaluate your own procedures and practices.
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