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IV site infection

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  • Posted By: schicker00
  • July 30, 2008
  • 04:06 PM

:mad:Hi, I guess this has to do with Circulation. Apparently the hospitals here think it is "OK" to leave a saline lock in place for 4 days. They claim that studies show that it will not cause infection. They say this is hospital policy.

In the Army they taught me that leaving an IV in place more than 24 hours will cause infection. I say I am right, that the IV needs to be changed every 24 hours or so.

who is right?

I know the patients are uncomfortable being stuck, but infections are not comfortable either.

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