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Evidence-Based Practice

Advancing the Scope of Nursing Practice: Hepatic Arterial Catheter Removal

Brandi A. Barosh
Cynthia Holmes
Lovely M. Keerikattu
Mary S. Manappurathu
Julie H. Segovia
Patricia C. Hasen
Shobha V. Pai
Geri LoBiondo-Wood
Razelle Kurzrock
CJON 2011, 15(5), 465-468 DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.465-468

A delay in hepatic artery infusion catheter removal may prolong patient discomfort and lead to additional complications. As a result, this article evaluated the effectiveness of shifting the responsibility of catheter removal from advanced practice or medical staff to nurses. Overall, patients were satisfied, felt comfortable, and experienced minimal pain irrespective of whether their catheter was removed by a nurse, physician, or advanced practice staff. Nurses also were satisfied and felt they had enhanced their ability to provide quality patient care.

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