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Adult nursing
Site selection and incidence of peripheral intravenous catheter complications
  1. Ferika Indarwati1,2
  1. 1 School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Centre for Health Care Trnsformation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2 School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ferika Indarwati, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; ferika.indarwati{at}

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Commentary on: Fan XW, Xu L, Wei WS, Chen YM, Yang YQ. Relationship between indwelling site and peripheral venous catheter-related complications in adult hospitalised patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Nurs. 2022 Feb 28. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16241. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Forearm and the back of the hand are both suitable for peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) insertion.

  • Future systematic review on site selection should include specific outcome definitions, other insertion sites and other types of complications to ensure valid recommendations for site selection.


PIVC-related complications are significant problems in hospitals,1 causing treatment delays, increasing patients’ and hospitals costs.2 Site selection is an important factor affecting the incidence of the PIVC complications.3 The infusion therapy standards of practice recommends PIVC should be inserted either at …

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