Chemotherapy induced phlebitis experienced by women with breast cancer following administration of epirubicin using a volumetric infusion pump; an observational study

Natasha Williams, Edgar Mark Williams, Rosie Roberts*

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Abstract

Objective
To establish the incidence and severity of chemotherapy-induced phlebitis (CIP) following administration of epirubicin chemotherapy using a volumetric infusion pump (Hospira Plum 360), compared to a previous study of manual injection of epirubicin. Secondly to gain insight into staff perceptions of ease of use and safety of infusion pump administration.

Methods
An observational study of women with breast cancer (n = 47) receiving epirubicin via volumetric infusion pump. Phlebitis was reported through a participant self-assessment questionnaire and graded by clinical assessment three weeks after each chemotherapy cycle. Staff perceptions were explored using questionnaires.

Results
Infusion pump administration delivered a significantly higher concentration of epirubicin (p 
Conclusion
Peripheral epirubicin administration will result in severe CIP being experienced by a proportion of patients irrespective of whether infusion pump or manual injection method is used. Those at high risk of severe CIP should be informed of the risk and offered a central line. For those with a lower risk of severe phlebitis use of the infusion pump appears to be a safe option.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102322
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume64
Issue number00
Early online date11 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Epirubicin
  • Peripheral venous cannula
  • phlebitis
  • Volumetric infusion pump

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