While the available literature recommends placement of two large-bore intravenous (2LBIV) lines in every patient presenting with acute GIB, the adherence and impact of this recommendation have never before been reported.
We designed a quality improvement project to assess whether the patients presenting to our institution with acute GIB have appropriate intravenous (IV) access or not.
We conducted a prospective, observational study, of all patients presenting to our emergency department with overt GIB over a 2-month period. Data analysis was performed, and based on the results, an intervention plan was developed and executed. Post-intervention data collection was done over a 3-month period. Our interventions included physician and nursing education, placing posters in the emergency department, and creation of an order set in the electronic medical record system.
A total of 46 patients were in the pre-intervention group, and 71 patients were in the post-intervention group. The presence of 2LBIV lines in the pre-intervention group was only 19.5%, which improved to 36.6% in the post-intervention group (p = 0.049). Factors associated with placement of 2LBIV lines were being in the post-intervention group and admission to the intensive care unit.
The relatively simple and cost-effective intervention of placing 2LBIV lines is not often executed. We suggest that specific mention of 2LBIV placement in guidelines from national gastroenterology societies might improve compliance in this aspect.
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Bilal, M., Alhajjar, O., Madisetty, M. et al. Adherence to Two Large-Bore Intravenous Lines in Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding Is Low. Dig Dis Sci 64, 627–631 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10620-019-5455-7
- Intravenous access
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Quality improvement