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Veno-occlusive disease nurse management: development of a dynamic monitoring tool by the GITMO nursing group

8 Aug 2016
Stefano Botti, Laura Orlando, Gianpaolo Gargiulo, Valentina De Cecco, Marina Banfi, Lorenzo Duranti, Emanuela Samarani, Maria Giovanna Netti, Marco Deiana, Vera Galuppini, Adriana Concetta Pignatelli, Rosanna Ceresoli, Alessio Vedovetto, Elena Rostagno, Marilena Bambaci, Cristina Dellaversana, Stefano Luminari, Francesca Bonifazi

Veno-occlusive disease (VOD) is a complication arising from the toxicity of conditioning regimens that have a significant impact on the survival of patients who undergo stem cell transplantation. There are several known risk factors for developing VOD and their assessment before the start of conditioning regimens could improve the quality of care. Equally important are early identification of signs and symptoms ascribable to VOD, rapid diagnosis, and timely adjustment of support therapy and treatment. Nurses have a fundamental role at the stages of assessment and monitoring for signs and symptoms; therefore, they should have documented skills and training. The literature defines nurses’ areas of competence in managing VOD, but in the actual clinical practice, this is not so clear. Moreover, there is an intrinsic difficulty in managing VOD due to its rapid and often dramatic evolution, together with a lack of care tools to guide nurses. Through a complex evidence-based process, the Gruppo Italiano per il Trapianto di Midollo Osseo (GITMO), cellule staminali emopoietiche e terapia cellulare nursing board has developed an operational flowchart and a dynamic monitoring tool applicable to haematopoietic stem cell transplantation patients, whether they develop this complication or not.

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