Clinically indicated and routine replacement of peripheral intravenous catheters did not differ for catheter failure
Ms J Webster, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia; email@example.com
In hospital inpatients, is clinically indicated replacement of peripheral intravenous (IV) catheters better than routine replacement for catheter failure due to phlebitis or infiltration?
randomised controlled trial (RCT).
up to 5 consecutive catheters for each patient.
general tertiary hospital in Queensland, Australia.
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.
379 patients were allocated to catheter replacement only when clinically indicated and 376 to routine catheter replacement every 3 …