How to Assess a Peripheral Intravenous (IV) Cannula

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PIVC complications are common, but they can be prevented or minimised by routine assessment. This article discusses the key points of PIVC assessment.

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Many patients require at least one peripheral intravenous cannula (also known as an intravenous catheter) (PIVC) during their hospital stay in order to receive IV fluids and medications, blood products or nutrition.


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Gillian Ray-Barruel
Endeavour Leadership Award Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Honorary Research Fellow, Visiting Scholar
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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Mandy Hay
11 Sep 2023
Student Nurse or Midwife
I thought this activity was a good refresher to prompt myself to think about if the PIVC is necessary and acknowledge the increased risk of infection.
Oleg Dronov
27 Jun 2020
Fiona Hayman
17 May 2023
Registered Nurse
Quick refresher!
Sanna Walia
28 Jun 2020
It will be very helpful as person if I work at Public birthing suite
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
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Angela Rowe
11 Mar 2023
Enrolled Nurse
good refresher
Nicola Bayes
28 Jun 2020
Simple, basic quick refresher - good diagram
Charlotte Brasler
26 Oct 2021
Nicole walker
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.
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