Letters Peripheral intravenous catheters

It’s who looks after the catheters that counts

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1001 (Published 28 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1001
  1. Steven J Kennish, specialist registrar in radiology1
  1. 1Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX
  1. s_kennish{at}yahoo.co.uk

    Maki asserts that the incidence of intravenous catheter complications is greatly reduced when highly experienced nurses insert catheters.1 The single reference provided to support this statement makes interesting reading.2 This randomised controlled trial compares complications in two main groups of patients: those who are cannulated by house doctors and followed up by …

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