- Article: McCallum L, Higgins D (2012) Care of peripheral venous cannula sites. Nursing Times; 108: 34/35, 12-15.
- Peripheral venous catheters are commonly used in hospitals to deliver intravenous therapy
- PVCs are associated with several complications, some of which can have serious consequences
- Careful observation and monitoring are crucial to identifying complications at an early stage
- Scrupulous hygiene and site management will minimise the risks of healthcare-associated infections
- PVCs should be removed as soon as they become clinically unnecessary
- What factors must be considered when selecting a site for peripheral venous cannulation?
- How would you explain to a patient the reason for cannulation?
- Outline the three types of phlebitis and their causes?
- What factors should you consider when monitoring a patient with a peripheral venous cannula?
- When should a cannula be resited?
- How should you document care of peripheral venous cannula?