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Think before you insert an intravenous catheter

Peter Lewindon
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): 256. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00157
Published online: 17 March 2014

To the Editor: Dendle and colleagues1 challenge the well established and empirically based practice of the “idle IV” — an unused peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) inserted in the emergency department (ED) in case it is needed subsequently, but which frequently remains unused. However, the risks associated with unused PIVCs are not the whole story.

  • Peter Lewindon1,2

  • 1 Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

Correspondence: p.lewindon@uq.edu.au

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