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Q What is the optimal interval for routine replacement of IV administration sets when infusate or parenteral nutrition solutions are administered by central or peripheral venous catheters?
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Medline, CINAHL, and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (all up to February 2004); reference lists; and researchers.
Study selection and assessment:
randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials that assessed the effects of different frequencies of replacing IV administration sets among inpatients of any age receiving parenteral nutrition (lipid and non-lipid containing solutions) or infusions (excluding blood) by central or peripheral catheter. 13 studies (n = 4783) met the selection criteria. Methodological quality of individual studies was assessed based on allocation concealment and loss to follow up. …
For correspondence: Dr D Gillies, Sydney West Area Health Service, Parramatta BC, New South Wales, Australia. Donna_
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