Comparison of Outcomes in Patients with Femoral Arteriotomy with or without Post-Procedural Anticoagulants

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Michael Blok

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Kara Heck, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN1 and Barbara Vincensi, PhD, RN, FNP2 (1Holland Hospital and 2Hope College Department of Nursing)

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Patients with femoral arteriotomy are routinely given post-procedural anti-coagulants, regardless of the method used to achieve access site closure. This project aims to examine the effect of post-procedural anti-coagulants on patient outcomes, focusing on development of complications. The nursing conceptual framework used for this project is Callista Roy’s Adaptation model of nursing. The study was conducted using a retrospective chart review. Data was collected for the project using a data collection tool to analyze patient chart records. Use of post-procedural anti-coagulants and development of complications were noted, along with demographic information and other relevant treatment data. The data collected will be subjected to statistical analysis examining correlation using SPSS statistical software. The sample size of the project includes twenty patients, taken from records of in-patient treatment at a hospital in the Midwest. Analysis of the data shows no significant relationships between patient outcomes and post-procedural anticoagulant use. Limitations to this study include the use of patient records, which must allow for possible inaccuracies in charting, as well as a small sample size. Implications of the study include possible changes to medication usage in post-procedural patients.

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