Access Device Standards of Practice for Oncology Nursing

ISBN: 9781935864905
ISBN-10: 1935864904
Copyright: 2017
Edition: 1st
Editor: Camp-Sorrell, Dawn, Matey, Laurl,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 97
Reviewer: Lacie Filkins,  BSN, RN, CPN  (University of New Mexico Hospital)
This is a comprehensive guide to the standards and recommendations for use of access devices in oncology patients. The guide is divided into chapters based on the different types of devices, which include line-specific information such as history, device characteristics and features, advantages and disadvantages, insertion and removal, complications, education, and care of the device.
According to the authors, the purpose is to provide detailed information on vascular access devices to meet the specific needs of nurses who specialize in oncology nursing. Oncology nursing is a very specialized practice that differs vastly from other nursing practices. There are limited evidence-based recommendations on the care of vascular access devices, especially in oncology patients, who are often immunocompromised. This guide is most definitely needed and will be appreciated by oncology nurses.
This book is geared for all nurses who provide care to oncology patients who have any kind of vascular access device. It is written in a manner that allows nurses with experience to easily follow the recommendations with limited questions. The authors are credible authorities and they have recruited many expert sources such as Infusion Nursing Society (INS) and other field reviewers to provide in-depth analysis and feedback.
Each chapter is dedicated to a specific type of device and includes information on the history, device characteristics and features, advantages and disadvantages, patient selection criteria, insertion and removal techniques, maintenance and care, complications, education and documentation. There are also chapters on legal issues and appendixes with information such as cleansing agents, terminology, and competency documentation. Although the black-and-white photographs of each device serve their purpose, color photos would make the book more appealing. One limitation of this book is its focus on the adult population, with no child-specific information. Although the book includes recommendations on when to change the needleless connector or clave, there are none on how to actually perform the task.
This is a great resource for practicing oncology nurses. It provides a variety of pertinent information that enables oncology nurses to provide best patient care using evidence-based practice. I have yet to review another book on vascular access devices that is specifically written for oncology nurses. I recommend that this guide be on all units that provide care to oncology patients.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A