Intravenous literature: do Rego, F. and Luis, C. (2011) Maintenance of Peripheral Venous Access and Its Impact on the Development of Phlebitis: A Survey of 186 Catheters in a General Surgery Department in Portugal. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 34(6), p.382â€“390.
This article reports the results of a clinical audit conducted to assess the minimum requirements for safe maintenance of peripheral intravenous catheters. The audit also determined the incidence of phlebitis and attempted to establish a causal relationship between some of the variables used to assess a catheter’s maintenance status and the development of phlebitis.