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Impact of an Infusion Therapy Nursing Expert Service on Length of Stay and Clinical Results of Venous Access Devices (ETI)

This study has been completed.
KRONIKGUNE Cronicity Research Centre
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lucia Garate Echenique, Basque Health Service Identifier:
First received: March 5, 2012
Last updated: September 20, 2013
Last verified: September 2013
The purpose of this study is to determine whether an infusion therapy nursing expert service is effective in decreasing hospital length of stay, improving the clinical results of venous access devices and increasing patient satisfaction with venous access.

Condition Intervention
Patients With Prolonged Intravenous Therapy Other: Infusion therapy nursing expert service

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Impact of an Infusion Therapy Nursing Expert Service on Length of Stay, Clinical Results of Venous Access Devices and Satisfaction on Patients With Long Intravenous Therapy Prescription.

Further study details as provided by Lucia Garate Echenique, Basque Health Service:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Hospital Length of Stay [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Venous Access Devices reaching end of treatment [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Incidence of complications derived from VAD [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Patients receiving intravenous therapy at home [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Patient satisfaction with VAD [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 82
Study Start Date: March 2012
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control Group
routine care for the selection, placement and maintenance of venous access devices (VAD).
Experimental: Infusion Therapy Nursing Expert
Patients in this group will receive the infusion therapy nursing expert (ITNE) service.
Other: Infusion therapy nursing expert service

The ITNE will assess the patient and treatment characteristics and use an evidence based decision making algorithm for the selection of the most suitable VAD.

If the VAD needed is a PICC or a midline ITNE will place it following hospital's protocols. If needed, ITNE will also educate and support patients and next of keens in the maintenance of the device at home.

If other devices such as peripheral catheters, central venous catheters (jugular or subclavian) or venous subcutaneous reservoirs are the preferable VADs for patients and treatment conditions, ITNE will work together with health professionals in charge of patients to activate the usual procedures to place the according device.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Require an estimated long prescription of intravenous treatment. These treatments may be of fluid therapy, pharmacological, nutritional or hemotherapy.

    • Estimation of 7 days or more of continuous intravenous therapy.
    • Estimation of an intermittent intravenous therapy of less than a week, but on a monthly basis or less and a total estimated duration superior to 3 months.
  • Be patient at Araba University Hospital

Exclusion Criteria:

  • To have a central venous catheter indwelled
  • MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
  • Younger than 18 years old
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01548365

Araba University Hospital
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba, Spain, 01009
Sponsors and Collaborators
Basque Health Service
KRONIKGUNE Cronicity Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Lucia Garate, MsC Basque Health Service
  More Information

Responsible Party: Lucia Garate Echenique, Nursing Research Supervisor, Basque Health Service Identifier: NCT01548365     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ITNE01
Study First Received: March 5, 2012
Last Updated: September 20, 2013

Keywords provided by Lucia Garate Echenique, Basque Health Service:
Nursing Services
Catheterization, Central Venous
Catheters Indwelling
Catheterization, Peripheral processed this record on August 22, 2017