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How can nurses aid care of peripheral venous cannula sites?

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Key points

  • 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

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