Monitoring of peripheral IV catheters


Intravenous literature: Van Donk, P., Rickard, C.M., McGrail, M.R. and Doolan, G. (2009) Routine Replacement versus Clinical Monitoring of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters in a Regional Hospital in the Home Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 30.


This randomized, controlled trial involving 316 patients in the home setting found no difference in the rate of phlebitis and/or occlusion among patients for whom a peripheral intravenous catheter was routinely resited at 72–96 hours and those for whom it was replaced only on clinical indication (76.8 events per 1,000 device‐days vs 87.3 events per 1,000 device-days). There were no bloodstream infections.


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