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PIVC Removal Interval

When I started nursing in the 1970s, PIVC were removed when clinically indicated. Since then, guidelines have recommended varying dwell times. Current evidence suggests judicious insertion and removal based on clinical indications. How widely has this evidence been applied? Which institutions out there are removing PIVC inserted under aseptic conditions when clinically indicated and not at a specific interval (even if phlebitis score=0)?

In: general, Posted 2 years ago

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We are more than happy to leave peripheral cannula in place and remove when clinically indicated. However, the bigger issue is the drug and the type of device. When using drugs that are known to cause chemical phlebitis why wait until the phlebitis occurs? If phlebitis is likely and the length of treatment is long enough then longer term vascular access devices should be considered.

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