Vascular Access Policy

Time for a Change: The Case for Changing Peripheral IV Catheters When Clinically Indicated

Time for a Change: The Case for Changing Peripheral IV Catheters When Clinically Indicated

In recent years, many clinical studies have been performed to compare outcomes of PIVCs that were changed routinely against those that were only changed when clinically indicated (presence of a complication, infection, device malfunction, etc.). With over 300 million PIVCs sold in the US every year, the economic and clinical outcomes of such a policy change could be vast (2).