Background: Pediatric nurses should be able to use techniques that increase the success rate or shorten the procedural duration of peripheral intravenous catheterization (PIVC).
Objectives: This study was performed to define the effect of the infrared vein visualization device support on the success of PIVC in pediatric patients aged 0 to 3 years. Success was determined based on the number of attempts per patient, the duration of the procedure, the success rate of first attempts, and the pain levels of the children.
Methods: The study was a randomized, controlled experimental study on 54 children aged 0 to 3 years.
Results: Peripheral intravenous catheterization in the study group was performed with fewer attempts (study group: 1.44 ± 0.85 [median, 1]; control group: 2.41 ± 1.99 [median, 2]; P = 0.016) and in a shorter period (study group: 44.37 ± 32.22 [median, 40 seconds]; control group: 168.89 ± 171.54 [median, 112 seconds; P = 0.001), and the first attempt success rate in the study group (74.1%) was higher than in the control group (40.7%; P = 0.028). Also, the pain level of the children in the study group was significantly lower than that in the control group (P < 0.05).
Conclusions: In conclusion, PIVC supported by the infrared vein visualization device reduces the number of attempts per patient, reduces the duration of the procedure, and increases the success rate of first attempts, and there is procedural pain; therefore, vein visualization improves the success of PIVC.
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