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Risk Factors for Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Failure: A Multivariate Analysis of Data from a Randomized Controlled Trial
TLDR
PIVC survival is improved by preferential forearm insertion, selection of appropriate PIVC diameter, and insertion by intravenous teams and other specialists.
Routine resite of peripheral intravenous devices every 3 days did not reduce complications compared with clinically indicated resite: a randomised controlled trial
TLDR
Resite on clinical indication would allow one in two patients to have a single cannula per course of IV treatment, as opposed to one in five patients managed with routine resite, and overall complication rates appear similar.
Prospective study of peripheral arterial catheter infection and comparison with concurrently sited central venous catheters*
TLDR
Both arterial catheter colonization and rates of catheter-related bloodstream infection were similar to those in concurrently sited and identically managed central venous catheters, and the arterialCatheter should be accorded the same degree of importance as the central Venous catheter as a potential source of sepsis.
Is continuous infusion ceftriaxone better than once-a-day dosing in intensive care? A randomized controlled pilot study.
TLDR
This pilot study suggests clinical and bacteriological advantages of continuous infusion of ceftriaxone over bolus administration in critically ill patients in patients requiring 4 or more days of treatment and sets the scene for a large multicentre double-blind randomized controlled trial to confirm these findings.
A randomised controlled study of the efficacy of hypromellose and Lacri-Lube combination versus polyethylene/Cling wrap to prevent corneal epithelial breakdown in the semiconscious intensive care
TLDR
Polyethylene covers are as effective as HL in reducing the incidence of corneal damage in intensive care patients and should be placed over the eye to create a moisture chamber.
Use of Short Peripheral Intravenous Catheters: Characteristics, Management, and Outcomes Worldwide.
TLDR
In this study, many PIVCs were placed in areas of flexion, were symptomatic or idle, had suboptimal dressings, or lacked adequate documentation, which suggests inconsistency between recommended management guidelines for PivCs and current practice.
A prospective, randomized trial of rifampicin-minocycline-coated and silver-platinum-carbon-impregnated central venous catheters*
TLDR
The SPC catheter is a clinically effective antimicrobial catheter; however, the RM catheter had a lower colonization rate and both catheter types had low rates of catheter-related bloodstream infection.
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