I have been chatting to a few international colleagues about undertaking a point prevalence study looking at peripheral IVs across the globe.
The idea of this study was that on the same day across the world, peripheral IV cannulas are assessed for:
• Prevalence of Phlebitis / Infection etc (either using a phlebitis score or something similar)
• Dwell time / type of dressing used and state of dressing
• Appropriateness (i.e was a peripheral cannula the right device for infusate being delivered)
• Whether the cannula was still required (i.e still insitu but not needed)
• Anything else that people can think of...lol
I am seeking your assistance and interest in participating in this study - this has never been done before so if you are interested in participating please let me know – it would involve you donating some time and walking around your hospital on a designated day and reviewing peripheral IVC’s (probably take 2-3 hours depending on size of your hospital).
Could you please email me back if you are interested in participating and I will put you on an email distribution list so that we can get the ball rolling regarding logistics, ethics etc. Ideally it would be nice to get a couple of hospitals at least from each country J
You can also let me know if you have colleagues that may be interested or perhaps forward this message through your networks.
I would like to thank you for your time!
Evan Alexandrou RN MPH| Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery | University of Western Sydney
Building EBLG Room 44, Parramatta South Campus
P: +61 2 9685 9506 | F: +61 2 9685 9599 | M: +61 418 453 650 |E: [email protected]