Need for routine recannulation questioned

Replacing peripheral intravenous catheters only when clinically necessary, rather than routinely, has no detrimental affect on patient health, and saves time and money, a study finds.

The Australian research, published Sunday in the Lancet, goes against the widely-accepted practice of replacing IV cannulas in adult patients every three to four days to help prevent phlebitis.

Yet analysis from more than 3000 Queensland hospital patients showed rates of

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