Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versión impresa ISSN 0104-1169
PEREIRA, Renata Cristina de Campos y ZANETTI, Maria Lúcia. Complications due to intravenous therapy in surgical patients. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2000, vol.8, n.5, pp. 21-27. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692000000500004.
Nursing plays an important role in prevention and reduction of complications related to venous access. This study had the purpose to find complications derived from intravenous therapy. Major data were: 77.3% of the venous accesses were performed by auxiliary nursing; 68% of the procedures were performed without gloves; 60% of the accesses were not satisfactorily performed by nurses; 47% of the cannulae were "in situ" between 24 and 72 hours; among the complications, 20% were related to infiltration, 5.4% to infiltration and hematoma and 5.3% to obstruction. Data suggest the need to improve the education of the nursing team about intravenous therapy.
Palabras llave : venous infusions/complications; nursing care.