Br J Nurs. 2017 Apr 27;26(8):S28-S33. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2017.26.8.S28.
Barton A1, Ventura R2, Vavrik B3.
1 Advanced Nurse Practitioner-Vascular Access & IV Therapy, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
2 IV Access Specialist Nurse, Aintree University NHS Foundation Trust.
3 Registered Nurse, Medical Student, Queen’s University Belfast.
Peripheral intravenous cannulation is a common clinical procedure in today’s healthcare setting. There are a range of different devices to choose from, and this article will consider the risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections and needlestick injuries, national and international guidelines on infection prevention and safety in intravenous access, the need for closed catheters, features of the Introcan Safety® 3 (B. Braun Melsungen AG) and research into peripheral cannulas.