Innovative solutions in critical care units: extravasation guidelines

Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2004 May-Jun;23(3):125-8. doi: 10.1097/00003465-200405000-00009.


The increasing complexity and acuity of the patient population at a southwest United States medical center was a catalyst in updating, revising, and distributing a current extravasation guideline document to caregivers. The guidelines provide information on initial treatment for nurses and the process for documentation and tracking of extravasations. The authors describe how a synthesis of the Nursing and Pharmacy partnership at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center resulted in the creation of current extravasation guidelines for the facility.

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / methods
  • Critical Care / standards*
  • Documentation / standards
  • Extravasation of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Materials / diagnosis
  • Extravasation of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Materials / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Interdepartmental Relations
  • Nurse Clinicians / organization & administration
  • Nursing Assessment / standards
  • Nursing Records / standards
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Pharmacy Service, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Southwestern United States
  • Trauma Centers