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How a central venous catheter surveillance tool was developed for use with all ethnic groups.

Authors
  • Waterhouse, Dee
  • Winterbottom, Jean
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing times
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
106
Issue
6
Pages
12–14
Identifiers
PMID: 20334007
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

High rates of central venous catheter related infections in a renal unit highlighted a need to address catheter site care in these patients. However, a literature review found no surveillance tools that were designed to identify infections in all ethnic groups. Since the trust served an ethnically diverse population, the nursing team devised the multiracial visual inspection catheter tool observation record (MR VICTOR). It is a unique visual tool, which uses pictures and a scoring system to assess levels of infection in different skin colours. This article outlines the process of developing the tool, its audit, challenges in implementing this change in practice and the benefits.

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