Journal article

Impact of delirium and suture-less securement on accidental vascular catheter removal in the ICU

K Sundararajan, S Wills, B Chacko, G Kanabar, S O'Connor, AM Deane

Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | AUSTRALIAN SOC ANAESTHETISTS | Published : 2014


The objectives were to describe the incidence of accidental vascular catheter removal (AVCR) in an Australian Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and evaluate whether the fixation method or patient delirium increased the risk of AVCR. This prospective observational study was based in a tertiary level ICU between April 2011 and October 2012. All vascular catheters were secured either by sutures or by a suture-less securement device (STATLOCK(™), Bard Medical, Covington, GA, USA) as per the treating clinician. Data were obtained from bedside nursing staff, with daily screening for delirium completed by the ICU medical team using the Confusion Assessment Method-ICU. 2361 patients were admitted during thi..

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