Intravenous literature: Aziz, A.M. (2009) Improving peripheral IV cannula care: implementing high-impact interventions. British Journal of Nursing. 18(20), p.1242-1246.
Infection prevention and control measures have been recognized as effective in minimizing the risk of infection from peripheral intravenous (IV) cannulas. However, this relies on health professionals’ compliance with guidelines for the care of patients with IV catheters and at times it may be that practice is inconsistent with guidelines. This article discusses the care required for peripheral cannulas and shows how implementing the high-impact interventions can improve peripheral IV catheter care on insertion and its management afterwards.