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Peripheral Venous Catheters: A Review of Current Practices

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Loss of peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheter patency is a common problem in the clinical setting. A survey of all private and public hospitals in a metropolitan city in Australia was conducted to identify practices related to maintaining patency of PIV catheters. Eighty-three hospitals were surveyed and responses were obtained from all of them. Normal saline was the most commonly used solution for flushing. The frequency for flushing ranged from 4 to 12 hours, and the volume of the irrigant used ranged from 2 to 10 mL in those hospitals where flushing is routine practice. Policy documents were available from only a few hospitals to validate the practice reported. Significant diversity in practices was documented among healthcare organizations.

Publication Date


  • 2003

Citation


  • Fernandez, R. S., Griffiths, R. D., & Murie, P. (2003). Peripheral Venous Catheters: A Review of Current Practices. Journal of Infusion Nursing, 26(6), 388-392. doi:10.1097/00129804-200311000-00009

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0345714983

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 388

End Page


  • 392

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Loss of peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheter patency is a common problem in the clinical setting. A survey of all private and public hospitals in a metropolitan city in Australia was conducted to identify practices related to maintaining patency of PIV catheters. Eighty-three hospitals were surveyed and responses were obtained from all of them. Normal saline was the most commonly used solution for flushing. The frequency for flushing ranged from 4 to 12 hours, and the volume of the irrigant used ranged from 2 to 10 mL in those hospitals where flushing is routine practice. Policy documents were available from only a few hospitals to validate the practice reported. Significant diversity in practices was documented among healthcare organizations.

Publication Date


  • 2003

Citation


  • Fernandez, R. S., Griffiths, R. D., & Murie, P. (2003). Peripheral Venous Catheters: A Review of Current Practices. Journal of Infusion Nursing, 26(6), 388-392. doi:10.1097/00129804-200311000-00009

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0345714983

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 388

End Page


  • 392

Volume


  • 26

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication