Improvement in care and maintenance of Port-A-Cath following the introduction of care' bundle

Alex Tom, Akshath Ramesh Acharya, Anusha Kamath, Anand Venugopal, Harsha Prasada Lashakri

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Background: Port-a-cath is a type of indwelling central venous catheter used to manage pediatric patients who require long-term intravenous therapy. Objectives: The objective of this study was to improve the care and maintenance of port-a-cath among the nursing staff by introducing a care bundle. Materials and Methods: Pretraining and posttraining designs using PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act.) model were followed. We observed two sets of 30 procedures for accessing of port-a-cath by the nursing staff. Following the initial 30 observations of port-a-cath handling, a 'care bundle' was designed as per the set standards of the maintenance of port-a-cath. It involved education and training and live audio-visual sessions. Two months after the initiation of the care bundle, the second set of 30 procedures was observed. Results: Following the introduction of the care bundle, the observed efficacy on obtaining verbal consent improved to 100% from 83%, arrangement of drugs and instruments before insertion to 100% from 90%, not touching the needle while inserting from 60%, administration of adequate amount saline flush from 83.3% (25/30), heparin administration from 71.1%, and looking out for signs of extravasation to 100% from 80%. Two nursing staff involvement improved from 23% to 63%. A 100% efficacy in the management of nonbleeding back scenarios was observed. The cross-checking of drug expiry improved from an initial 26.6% to 89.3%. The port-a-cath infections have significantly come down (3 vs. 0) (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Implementation of a 'care bundle' has significantly improved the quality of handling of port-a-cath and reduction in infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-604
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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