Prevalence of blood sampling from intravenous cannulas post insertion in acute healthcare
Peripheral Intravenous Cannulas (PIVC) are routinely inserted into patients in acute health services to assist with administration of medications and management of conditions. There appears to be a great degree of variance in practice regarding obtaining blood samples from intravenous cannulas between health services, states in Australia, and individual nurses. Some health services have guidelines against the practice of blood sampling from PIVC and others do not. Arguments for obtaining blood samples from PIVC include decreased pain due to venupuncture, convenience of access, and appropriateness for certain populations (such as paediatric). Arguments against the practice include infection control risks and quality of blood samples. A review of the literature found no evidence to either support or discourage the practice.
To explore the practice of blood sampling from Peripheral Intravenous Cannulas (PIVC) in acute healthcare settings.
This project will use a cross-sectional research design. Nurses working in acute hospital wards in Australia are invited to participate in the survey to determine the prevalence of the practice of blood sampling from intravenous cannulas.
This project will identify the current prevalence of the practice of blood sampling through PIVCs. Based on the results of this project, further research into the safety of blood sampling through PIVCs will be undertaken to inform practice and policy internationally. Results from the study will be published in nursing journals and presented at nursing conferences