Intravenous literature: Eldridge, D.L. (2010) Alternatives to intravenous rehydration in dehydrated pediatric patients with difficult venous access. Pediatric Emergency Care. 26(7), p.529-35.
Intravenous (IV) catheter placement in the pediatric patient population can be challenging. Many health care providers automatically choose IV fluid administration to treat dehydration, often not considering other routes. This article reviews the available literature on difficulties in obtaining IV access in the pediatric population and discusses alternative methods for fluid replacement, their respective advantages and disadvantages, and place in therapy.