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Fewer patients dislodged peripheral intravenous catheters with transparent dressings than with gauze dressings

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Question Compared with gauze dressings, can transparent polyurethane dressings (TPDs) reduce patient dislodgment of peripheral intravenous (IV) catheters, phlebitis, and insertion site infiltration?


Randomised controlled trial.


6 units (medical and surgical) in a 1000 bed national referral centre in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


229 adult patients admitted between January 1994 and June 1995 with a physician prescription for initiation of peripheral IV treatment in a forearm vein. Exclusion criteria were <18 years old, evidence of thrombocytopenia or immunosuppression, or pregnancy.


108 patients were allocated to TPDs (Opsite, Smith and Nephew, Quebec, Canada) and 121 …

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