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The experiences of patients and nurses with a nurse-led peripherally inserted central venous catheter line service

Oakley, C, Wright, E and Ream, E (2000) The experiences of patients and nurses with a nurse-led peripherally inserted central venous catheter line service European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 4 (4). pp. 207-218.

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Nurse-led Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheter (PICC) services are becoming commonplace in cancer centres across the UK. Research has shown that these services are cost-effective and are associated with fewer catheter-related complications, including infection and thrombosis, than skin-tunnelled catheters. This exploratory study aimed to explore patients' and nurses' experiences of a nurse-led PICC line service. Recorded interviews were conducted with 10 cancer patients with PICC lines inserted, five hospital-based nurses and five community-based nurses experienced in caring for patients with these lines. Respondents' recorded accounts were transcribed, coded and analysed to determine patients' and nurses' perceptions of the service and the extent to which collaborative practice was promoted. Findings were synthesized into five themes: Education, Formation of Expectations, Confidence, Sensory Experience and Adaptation. All respondent groups were positive about the PICC line service and the specialist oncology nurses working within it. The findings did identify some aspects of the service which could be improved, including the timing of information given to patients and the use of more innovative educational approaches. This study has informed the development of a potential flexible service structure which may be incorporated into established and differing care settings using existing resources. © 2000 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Oakley, C
Wright, E
Date : 1 December 2000
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:35
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 19:37

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