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Oncology 101

Caring for Patients With Cancer Through Nursing Knowledge of IV Connectors

Cynthia Chernecky
Denise Macklin
Lindsey Casella
Erin Jarvis
CJON 2009, 13(6), 630-633 DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.630-633

Knowledge about the three different types of IV connectors (negative, positive, and neutral) is imperative to cancer care as specific and distinct interventions can help prevent occlusions and catheter-related bloodstream infections that can lead to increased morbidity with infections and loss of treatment time and mortality. Nurses have responsibilities associated with nursing research, education, and evidence-based practice that should support the outcomes of best patient care when using IV connectors.

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