PICC and CVC Site Assessment
The PICC Site Assessment program defines site assessment and identifies the four reasons to perform a daily PICC site assessment. Specific criteria for measurement and assessment are identified to ensure consistency in practice. The objectives of this program are to:
• Define site assessment
• Identify four reasons to perform a central venous site assessment
• Describe the site assessment procedure
• Identify the key criteria for documentation
• Discuss how a thorough site assessment can reduce the risk for complications
Throughout this program, the proper procedure for site assessment is described, as well as the key elements related to documentation. Documentation is an absolute necessity for an assessment to be considered complete. Finally, the importance of site assessment is reviewed as it relates to patient outcomes and the reduction of complications associated with vascular access devices.
The program includes a manual which can be downloaded for future reference. Successful completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher is necessary to receive continuing education credits for this program.
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