Despite similarities in core nursing roles across Europe, there has been little attempt to codify the evidence base for nursing interventions. Currently, there are no formal evidence-based guidelines for nursing care for inherited bleeding disorders, such as haemophilia and von Willebrand disease. One of the strategic goals of the EAHAD Nurses Committee for 2014-2018 was to produce an evidence-based set of practical guidelines for haemophilia nursing care. A committee made up of haemophilia nurses from across Europe, along with a patient and a physician/epidemiologist representative developed the guidelines.
The first guidelines produced address the topic of Intravenous (IV) and Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Infusion. They are an up-to-date review of the current evidence in haemophilia care focused on the nurse’s central role in the treatment of patients with bleeding disorders both in administering clotting factor concentrates and educating patients about self-managing the bleeding disorder.
You can consult the guidelines on Intravenous (IV) and Central Venous Access Device (CVAD) Infusion here (pdf version).
Below you can view the companion videos to the guidelines.