Don’t replace peripheral venous catheters at regular intervals but based on clinical evaluation.

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The routine replacement (or at regular intervals) of peripheral venous catheters has a lower cost-benefit than a replacement following clinical criteria. The decision to replace the peripheral venous catheter should be based on the assessment of the patient’s conditions; the vascular access site; the skin integrity and used vein; the duration and type of prescribed therapy; the integrity, patency and stability of the device; the fastening dressing. Replacement strategies of the catheters as clinically indicated reduce costs and inconvenience for patients without increasing the risk of phlebitis. Potential complications such as phlebitis, occlusion and accidental catheter removal are related to other risk factors.


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