How to Assess a Peripheral Intravenous (IV) Cannula

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Most patients need at least one peripheral intravenous cannula (also known as an intravenous catheter) (PIVC) during their hospital stay for IV fluids and medications, blood products or nutrition. Many PIVCs are left in without orders for IV fluids or medications. Others are never used at all.

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Most patients need at least one peripheral intravenous cannula (also referred to as intravenous catheter) (PIVC) during their hospital stay for IV fluids and medications, blood products or nutrition. PIVC complications are common but they can be prevented or minimised by routine assessment.

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Gillian Ray-Barruel
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Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel, RN PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow with The University of Queensland School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, and Herston Infectious Diseases Institute (HeIDI). She is also the Director of Education with the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR), based at Griffith University. Gillian's research focuses on improving assessment and decision-making by nurses to prevent patient complications and improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes.
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Lynda Walker
28 Jun 2020
It covered what I already knew and this helps with my confidence reassuring me I am doing this procedure correctly
Nicola Bayes
28 Jun 2020
Simple, basic quick refresher - good diagram
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29 Jun 2020
Great to go over general knowledge Great information
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Maria Palcolan
11 Oct 2021
Intravenous therapy is very important in practice of nursing, reviewing this topic helped me refresh my knowledge and be competent.
Jo-Anne Asgill
30 Jun 2020
Excellent refresher course.
Joe Nachef
07 Jun 2022
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Good quick information and review of knowledge.
08 Sep 2021
A short and concise assessment for PIVCs
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