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IV site infection

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  • Posted By: schicker00
  • July 30, 2008
  • 04:09 PM

:mad: Hi. The hospitals here in my hometown, the good one and the bad one, believe that it is okay to leave an IV in place for as long as 4 days. They say studies show it will not cause infection.

In the military, where I am a medical guy, I am told to change IVs about every 24 hours, to avoid infection. I know, people don't like getting stuck with an IV, but infections hurt too.

Who is right?

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  • :mad: Hi. The hospitals here in my hometown, the good one and the bad one, believe that it is okay to leave an IV in place for as long as 4 days. They say studies show it will not cause infection. In the military, where I am a medical guy, I am told to change IVs about every 24 hours, to avoid infection. I know, people don't like getting stuck with an IV, but infections hurt too. Who is right? I am a nurse in a Newborn ICU at what I like to think is a good hospital. When we have an IV in a baby and they don't need it anymore, we detach it from the IV bag and hep-lock it, we leave it in as long as it stays good. Preemie veins look like string, they are difficult to stick. We haven't had a baby with an infection related to an IV we left in yet. We have however had cases of needing IV access in an emergency and having a difficult time getting the IV in.
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