Prevention of peripheral intravenous catheter-related bloodstream infections: the need for routine replacement

Claire M Rickard, Joan Webster and E Geoffrey Playford
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11352
Published online: 16 December 2013

In reply: It is untrue that new recommendations for clinically indicated peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) replacement are based on phlebitis alone.

  • Claire M Rickard1,2,3
  • Joan Webster2,1
  • E Geoffrey Playford3,4

  • 1 NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Nursing, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Research and Development Unit, Centre for Clinical Nursing, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 4 School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.


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