Routine re-siting of a peripheral intravenous device (IVD) may not reduce complications, according to a study published in journal BioMed Central.
Current recommendations are that peripheral IVDs should be re-sited every 96 hours.
The study was designed to compare the “routine re-site of IVD” with the “removal of peripheral IVD on clinical indication” and the IVD complications associated with them.
About 362 patients (603 IVDs) were enrolled and randomised into two groups; the first (185 patients) had their IVDs replaced on clinical indication, while the second (177 patients) had their IVDs replaced every three days.
IVD complication rates in both the groups appeared similar – the complications in clinical indication group were 68 per 1,000 IVD days, compared to 66 per 1,000 IVD days in routine re-site group.
The time to first complication per patient was similar in both groups, but more IVDs were placed in the routine re-site group.