Nurse-driven intravenous heparin protocol: quality improvement initiative.

  title={Nurse-driven intravenous heparin protocol: quality improvement initiative.},
  author={Tanya D Williams and Katherine Sullivan and Christopher Lacey and Steve Adoryan and Brook Watts},
  journal={AACN advanced critical care},
  volume={21 2},
BACKGROUND Safe use of intravenous heparin is an important safety goal. OBJECTIVE To improve the quality of intravenous heparin use. METHODS A pre-post intervention design assessed the number of patients who reached a therapeutic activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), time to aPTT goal, and complications. Fifty traditional care patients were compared with 50 nurse-driven intravenous heparin protocol patients. The data were used to assess the effectiveness of a developed intervention… CONTINUE READING