Title

How fast is too fast? a practice change in umbilical arterial catheter blood sampling using the Iowa Model for Evidence-Based Practice.

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

8-1-2008

Journal, Book or Conference Title

Advances in neonatal care

DOI

10.1097/01.ANC.0000333707.37776.08

Abstract

A multidisciplinary team at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital utilized the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Quality Care as a basis for changing practice related to the rate of drawing and flushing umbilical artery catheters in very low birth-weight infants. Research indicates that rapid withdrawal of blood or flushing of catheters that are placed in the aorta can affect cerebral blood flow velocity, volume, and oxygenation. Alteration of cerebral blood flow in premature infants has been correlated with the incidence of intraventricular hemorrhage and periventricular leukomalacia, which can be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in this population. Using this research as a guide, along with expert opinion, scientific principles, and theories, a new standard of practice was written, and the staff educated.

Published Article/Book Citation

Advances in neonatal care, 8:4 (2008) pp.198-207.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1926