Think before you insert an intravenous catheter

Claire Dendle, Rhonda L Stuart and Diana Egerton-Warburton
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10733
Published online: 18 November 2013

To the Editor: Peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) infection has been highlighted by one of us (R L S) and colleagues as an important, costly and dangerous complication of PIVCs.1 Infection prevention programs often employ multifaceted interventions and, in the case of PIVC, much debate has been directed towards aseptic insertion and appropriate dwell times, but little attention has been directed to whether the PIVC is required.2

  • Claire Dendle1
  • Rhonda L Stuart2
  • Diana Egerton-Warburton2

  • 1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Southern Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Monash Health, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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