Intravenous literature: McGowan, D. (2013) Peripheral cannulation versus peripheral inserted central catheter. British Journal of Nursing. 22(8), IV Supplement. p.S22
Intravenous (IV) therapy is the most commonly carried out procedure within secondary care. This indispensable part of modern medicine is also recognised as an unpleasant and invasive procedure. There is increased awareness of the potential complications that are associated with intravenous therapies; therefore the administration route requires careful patient assessment and consideration of its purpose (Dougherty, 2002; Scales, 2005).