The use of technology in intravenous therapies in critical patients: a descriptive study


This is a study of qualitative approach, to be developed in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a large University Hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The subject of this study is the nursing team that works directly with the care of critical patients in need of central continuous intravenous therapy (IV therapy). Objectives: Identify the technologies developed for health usage during the central continuous IV therapy in the ICU, verify the usage of these technologies by the nursing team in the care of the central continuous IV therapy placed in the patients hospitalized in the ICU and discuss the facilities and the difficulties of the usage of these technologies during the central continuous IV therapy. It is intended to allow the Nursing professional to determinate priorities during his/her practice, reduce waste, avoid unnecessary work and empower quality in care.

Descriptors: Intravenous infusion, Parenteral infusion, Adverse effects.
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