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Cannula overuse linked to infection

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Many hospital patients are at increased risk of infection because of inappropriate insertion of IV cannula, Scottish researchers have warned.

A team from Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University studied the use of IV cannula in 345 patients in the medical assessment unit of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary over six weeks.

They found that as many as 91% of patients had a cannula inserted during their hospital stay but in one-third of these cases they were not actually used.

This put the patients at unnecessary risk of cannula-related complications, such as phlebitis and blood clots, they told the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester last week.

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