2022, Cilt 9, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 031-038
Nurses’ Perceptions Of Risk Factors For Phlebitis
Esra ERTUĞRUL1, Yıldız DENAT2
1Öğr.Gör., Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Eğirdir Sağlık Hizmetleri Meslek Yüksekokulu, Terapi ve Rehabilitasyon Bölümü, Eğirdir, Isparta, Türkiye
2Doç.Dr., Aydın Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü Hemşirelik Esasları Anabilim Dalı, Aydın, Türkiye
Keywords: Intravenous injections, nurses, nursing care, phlebitis

Aim: This study was carried out to determine nurses’ perceptions of risk factors for phlebitis.

Material and Methods: This descriptive study was conducted with 237 nurses. The data were collected using a questionnaire to determine nurses’ perceptions of phlebitis risk factors.

Results: It was found that most nurses perceived phlebitis as a moderate problem and an indicator of the quality of care. It was noted that nurses have perceptions that the incidence of phlebitis could be reduced if experienced nurses inserted catheters, the insertion point of the catheter was regularly assessed on a scale and recorded, and the area was cleaned with antiseptic solution before the procedure. They also have perceptions that phlebitis could develop in the 24-96-hour period after termination of catheterization, and the risk of phlebitis developing in the foot was high and low in the forearm.

Conclusion: It was determined that the nurses' perception of phlebitis risk factors was at the desired level in terms of many factors, but it was not in a way that supports the current literature in terms of some basic factors. Regularly evaluating nurses' knowledge, perception, and practices regarding phlebitis and risk factors and organizing evidence-based educational activities can be recommended.