Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are among the most common invasive devices used in hospitalized patients, with over 300 million sold in the United States each year. However, about one-fourth of PIVCs are left in situ with no prescriber orders for IV medications or solutions, “just in case” they might be needed. PIVC insertion can be painful, is often unnecessary, and may increase a patient’s risk of developing a bloodstream infection. This article reviews the evidence for the appropriate use of short PIVCs in hospitalized patients, assesses the ongoing need for PIVCs, provides recommendations for alternative options, and argues for promptly removing a PIVC that is no longer in use.Reference:
Ray-Barruel G, Alexander M. CE: Evidence-Based Practice for Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Management. Am J Nurs. 2023 Jan 1;123(1):32-37. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000905568.37179.01. PMID: 37718967.