• 1 Registered Nurse Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore
  • 2 Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 3 Associate Professor, Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia
Br J Nurs, 2020 Jan 23;29(2):S18-S23.
PMID: 31972104 DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2020.29.2.S18


BACKGROUND: Intravenous therapy is an integral part of professional nursing practice. Nurses have a responsibility to recognise risk factors for phlebitis.

AIMS: To investigate nurses' perceptions of risk factors for phlebitis in a tertiary teaching hospital in north-east Peninsular Malaysia.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 199 randomly selected nurses were surveyed for their perceptions of risk factors for phlebitis using a self-administered questionnaire.

FINDINGS: More than half of the nurses (56.8%) had a good perception levels of risk factors for phlebitis. There was a significant association between the clinical area and nurses' perceptions of risk factors for phlebitis (p=0.04). Nurses working in medical, orthopaedic, and surgical areas had slightly better perceptions than nurses working in multidisciplinary and oncology areas.

CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that nurses need to continually improve their knowledge about risk factors for phlebitis to ensure safer nursing practice.

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