Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Practice Considerations for Multi-Component PVAD Care Protocols

  • Daily reviews of PVADs are to be completed a minimum of once daily. More frequent assessment will be necessary for specific populations (such as neonatal or pediatric) and for infusing catheters.
  • PVAD care is not just the responsibility of an individual health provider; it also needs to be incorporated into health-service organization policies and procedures. Discussion of PVAD necessity, functionality and utilization is to include bedside and interprofessional team members.
  • Health-service organizations need to be responsible for education, training and monitoring related to multicomponent PVAD care policies and protocols.
  • Additionally, organizations are to document competency of staff and review competencies on a regular basis through a formal process.

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