Michael H. Sketch, M.D.; Michelle Cale, R.N., B.S.; Syed Mohiuddin, M.D.; Richard W. Booth, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Complications, their incidence and preventive management, were studied during 484 percutaneously inserted intravenous catheter placements. Group A consisted of 168 8-in. catheters (114 inserted in forearm veins and 54 in upper arm veins). Group B consisted of 70 21-in. catheters inserted in upper arm veins with the tips advanced into the thorax. Mean duration ol placement for groups A and B was 77 and 104 hr, respectively. Complication incidences were 61% for group A and 27% for group B. The major complication was thrombophlebitis: group A, 21% and group B, 4%, which was significantly less (P < 0.01) despite the
Sketch MH, Cale M, Mohiuddin S, et al. The Incidence, Type, and Prevention of Complications Associated with Intravenous Catheter Use.. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:822. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-822_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):822.
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