INS Position Paper: Recommendations for frequency of assessment of the short peripheral catheter site


Intravenous news: INS have published a position paper on ‘Recommendations for Frequency of Assessment of the Short Peripheral Catheter Site.’ An extract of the paper is “As many organizations choose to follow the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) recommendations for peripheral intravenous (IV) site rotation based on clinical indications rather than a specific time frame, INS recognizes the critical importance of site assessment to identify any signs of complications. The risks of peripheral IV catheters are well known, including phlebitis, infiltration/extravasation, and infection. Nerve damage is also a risk both during insertion and as a result of major infiltrations/extravasations. Minimizing the complications associated with these risks demands regular assessment for signs and symptoms and prompt removal when evident.”

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