Navigating venous access: A guide for hospitalists
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Venous access is the foundation for safe and effective hospital-based care. Inpatient providers must have a deep knowledge of the different types of venous access devices (VADs), their relative indications, contraindications, and appropriateness. However, such knowledge is difficult to come by and usually only gleaned through years of clinical experience. To bridge this gap, we provide an in-depth summary of the relevant anatomical considerations, physical characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of VADs commonly used in the hospital setting. In doing so, we seek to improve the safety and share the science of vascular access with frontline clinicians. To aid decision-making, we conclude by operationalizing the available data through algorithms that outline appropriate vascular access for the hospitalized patient.
Journal of Hospital Medicine
© 2015 Society of Hospital Medicine. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Navigating venous access: A guide for hospitalists, Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol. 10(7), 2015, pp. 471–478 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/jhm.2335. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)
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