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IV Catheters

IV Catheters grant medical professionals repeated vascular access to the patient's vein using a catheter and cannula. It is placed into the vein to administer medicine, fluids, and sample blood. Ongoing venous access reduces potential needlestick injuries and is more comfortable for the patient. Vitality Medical offers a choice of straight IV catheters or a butterfly IV catheter, also known as winged catheters. Its shape stabilizes the needle for increased comfort and superior in-dwelling performance.

Make sure to purchase complementary medical products like tape, securement devices, and dressings. These IV supplies immobilize the intravenous catheter and provide a visual inspection to watch for potential complications. An example is Tegaderm IV Advancement Securement Dressing, a two-in-one product using moisture control and stabilization of the iv cath to prevent dislodgement.

Straight and Winged IV Catheter Options

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IV Catheter Types

  • Peripheral IV Catheter (PVC) - is placed in the peripheral vein when a patient receives care for several days. A PVC placement is the most common IV and is inserted into the vein on the hand or arm using a cannula.
  • Central IV Catheter (CVC) - is placed at the neck, thigh, or shoulder. A central line gets medication directly to the heart to quickly pump medication to the rest of the body. A central line provides access for medication infusions over a longer duration.
  • Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) - is inserted for long-term treatment and is located in the large vein in the upper arm or the front of the elbow for quick delivery to the heart. This PICC line remains in that vein for several weeks for IV therapy. Its placement also allows easy access for self-administration of medication at home.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between IV and PICC lines?
Both of these IV catheters are inserted on the arm. A peripheral IV line is on the forearm that remains in place for days, and a PICC line requires the largest vein in the upper arm for long-term treatment.

How long can a peripheral IV catheter be left in place?
Guidelines, set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state that a peripheral IV catheter is to be changed every 72 to 96 hours.

What is the most common IV catheter size?
The 16 gauge needle is the most common adult size used in the ICU and blood and fluid administration procedures. Size 24 gauge is the most common size for pediatric patients in ICU or surgery.

What is a butterfly IV catheter?
The Butterfly Catheter Infusion Set has a small butterfly needle and butterfly wings to provide a firm needle position.

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