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Change peripheral intravenous catheters only when necessary

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6438 (Published 26 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6438

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Peripheral intravenous catheters can be left in situ unless there is a good clinical reason to change them, say researchers. Patients treated this way in a large trial had no more phlebitis than controls whose catheters were changed routinely after three days (7% (114/1593) v 7% …

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