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Health professionals' lack of knowledge of central venous access devices: the impact on patients

Kelly, Linda J.; Snowden, Austyn; Paterson, Ruth; Campbell, Karen


Linda J. Kelly


The literature on patient experience of living with a central venous access device (CVAD) is growing, but remains sparse. It suggests that patients accept CVADs as should reduce episodes of repeated cannulations. However, a recent doctoral study found the reality did not live up to the hope.

The aim of this study was to uncover the global, cross-disease experience of patients with CVADs.

An online survey was sent to an international sample of people living with CVADs.

Seventy-four people from eight countries responded. Respondents corroborated the PhD findings: painful cannulation attempts continued after CVAD insertion due to lack of clinical knowledge. Participants lost trust in clinicians and feared complications due to poor practice.

Clinicians often lack the necessary skills to care and maintain CVADs. This leads to a negative patient experience.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 8, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 26, 2019
Publication Date Jul 25, 2019
Deposit Date Jul 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 15, 2019
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 14
Keywords Vascular access devices; Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters; Tunnelled Central Venous Catheters; Totally Implanted Central Venous Access Devices; Patient experience; Competence
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Contract Date Jul 15, 2019


Health Professionals' Lack Of Knowledge Of Central Venous Access Devices: The Impact On Patients (AM) (2 Mb)

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“This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Nursing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see [journal link]."

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