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Needleless Connectors: Improving Practice, Reducing Risks


The Inside Story Catheter-associated complications originating inside the catheter lumen can result in the delay or disruption of infusion therapy, slows the patient's progress toward therapeutic goals, increases length of stay and increases cost of care. Additionally, blood can reflux into the catheter lumen due to many factors including rebound of the traditional syringe plunger rod, connection and disconnection of a set or syringe to the needleless connector, empty fluid containers, changes in intrathoracic pressure and excessive muscular contractions leading to catheter compression. [...] additional research into these identified practice variations is needed.

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     Needleless Connectors:
     Improving Practice, Reducing Risks
     Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

        Purpose: To assess the knowledge gap of healthcare workers about practice with needleless connectors.
        Background: Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CR-BSI) and lumen occlusion can be directly related to practices
     of cleaning needleless connectors, IV administration set management, and flushing and clamping methods.
        Review of Relevant Literature: Five 
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