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Routine replacement of short peripheral intravenous cannulae in children: evidence of an unnecessary practice
journal contributionposted on 2004-12-01, 00:00 authored by J Darvill, A Gardner, K Milbourne, G Gardner
Short peripheral intravenous cannulae (pIVC) are prone to specific problems such as thrombophlebitis, infiltration and bacterial colonisation. This paper presents data from a study of 80 polyurethane pIVC in 59 children within a general paediatric population. There was no significant colonisation of any cannula by bacterial or fungal organisms. This study provides evidence that it is safe not to routinely replace pIVC in this population. It supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for intravenous cannula (IVC) management in children.