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Management of intravenous therapy in general wards of a large teaching hospital

U. Brinkcate, D. Lee
Curationis | Vol 15, No 3 | a365 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v15i3.365 | © 1992 U. Brinkcate, D. Lee | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1992 | Published: 26 September 1992

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U. Brinkcate,, South Africa
D. Lee,, South Africa

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Abstract

The monitoring of intravenous therapy by nursing staff in medical wards over an 18 hour period was studied. The study focused on the measuring Or flow rates, the technique used for unblocking intravenous lines and how recording was managed. Only intravenous therapy which was likely to be in situ for longer than a 24 hour period was studied in randomly selected medical wards. Procedures were carried out by all categories of staff. Although timing devices were used for flow rates they were still incorrect... A need for improved recording wets established and no clearly defined methods for unblocking intravenous tines were found.

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