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Kristine RN
IV Therapy Team Research?


Need some help if anyone can help me find or dirct me to evidence-based reasearch articles that prove how a IV therapy team can benefit a hospital. If you know please direct me to some articles that would help benefit my research capstone project for the RN-BSN program.

Thanks,Kristine RN

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 Look for the articles by
 Look for the articles by Dennis Maki MD, he has done a lot of research. Also contact INS, they used to have a cost justifaction packet they will send out for free. In addition, if you are a team that will be placing PICCs you can do a cost comparison between an IV specialist bedside PICC placement with US vs a PICC placed in the radiology department. There is a significant cost saving that adds up over time. Also b/c medicare will no longer pay for CRBSI's the benifit of having a dedicated team performing dressing changes and monitoring can also be a huge cost saving considering the average cost to treat a CRBSI. Don't forgot patient satisfaction,everyone wants the patient to be satisfied now a days
I know of some, but don't

I know of some, but don't have them at hand right now.  Use the CDC - having a specialized IV team starting lines is a CDC recommendation. 


Mari Cordes, BS RN 

Nurse Educator IV Therapy
Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington VT

Mari Cordes, BS RNIII VA-BC
Vascular Access Department
University of Vermont Medical Center

INS has done the work for

INS has done the work for you. These references, processes, and numerous worksheets, etc is available for purchase in book Infusion Therapy Team Implementation Module -  

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

My favorite article is "Cost
My favorite article is "Cost Containment and Infusion Services" by Kathy Kokotis from the Journal of Infusion Nusring May/June 2005.
Here's a few. Good luck with

Here's a few. Good luck with your project.

1. Robinson,Malcolm K. MD, Mogensen,K, Grudinskas,G, Kohler,S, Jacobs,D. Improved care and reduced costs for patients requiring peripherally inserted central catheters: the role of bedside ultrasound and a dedicated team. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 2005:29 (374-379)

2. David,J, Kokotis,K. A new perspective for PICC line insertions: Cost effectiveness associated with an independent PICC service. Journal of the Association of Vascular Access Vol 9,No. 2 June 2004 (93-98)

3. Ean,R, Kirsme,J, Roslien,J, Dickerson,K, Grimes,E, Lowrie,A, Woodman,K. A nurse-driven peripherally inserted catheter team exhibits excellence through teamwork. Journal of the Association of Vascular Access Vol 11,No. 3 2006 (135-143)

4. Hornsby,S,Matter,K, Beets,B, Casey,S,Kokotis,K. Cost losses associated with the "PICC,stick and run team" concept. Journal of Intravenous Nursing Vol 28(1),Jan/Feb 2005 (45-53)

5. Cardella,J MD, Cardella,K, Bacci,N, Fox,P, Post,J. Cumulative experience with 1,273 peripherally inserted central catheters at a single institution. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology Vol 7(1) Jan/Feb 1996 (5-13)

6. Santolucito,J. A retrospective evaluation of the timeliness of physician-initiated PICC referrals: A continuous quality assurance/performance improvement study. Journal of Vascular Access Devices Fall 2001 6(3) (20-26)

7. Kokotis,K. Cost containment and infusion services. Journal of Infusion Nursing Vol 28,No3S May/June 2005 (S22-32)

8. Pope,BB Provide safe passage for patients. Nursing Management 2003 Vol 39(9);(41-46)

9. Soifer,NE, Borzak,S, Edlin,BR, Weinstein,RA Prevention of peripheral venous catheter complications with an intravenous therapy team: a randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine 1998; 158(5):(473-477)

10. Orto,V, Greene,L. Beyond the ICU: Nursing's role in decreasing central venous CR-BSIs. Nursing Management Vol 37(12) Dec 2006 (28-30)

11. O'Grady NP,et al. Guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections. MMWR 2002;51 (RR-10):1-29

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