Article Text

PDF
Clinically indicated and routine replacement of peripheral intravenous catheters did not differ for catheter failure

Statistics from Altmetric.com

J Webster

Ms J Webster, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia; [email protected]

QUESTION

In hospital inpatients, is clinically indicated replacement of peripheral intravenous (IV) catheters better than routine replacement for catheter failure due to phlebitis or infiltration?

METHODS

Design:

randomised controlled trial (RCT).

Allocation:

concealed.

Blinding:

{unblinded}.*

Follow-up period:

up to 5 consecutive catheters for each patient.

Setting:

general tertiary hospital in Queensland, Australia.

Patients:

755 medical and surgical inpatients ⩾18 years of age (mean age 59 y, 64% men) who were expected to have a peripheral venous catheter for ⩾4 days. Exclusion criteria were bacteraemia or current immunosuppressive therapy.

Intervention:

379 patients were allocated to catheter replacement only when clinically indicated and 376 to routine catheter replacement every 3 …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.