Patency of Peripheral Venous Catheter: An Observational Study

1Dr.H.N. Ravindra*, Sunaina Patil, Sonal Patel and Swapnil Rahane


Background: During hospitalization period of patients’ PVC is frequently used device to administer medication or intravenous fluids. PVC is a plastic catheter which is directly placed into veins. If proper care is not taken; risk for acquiring systemic blood infections and local infections are increased as it is a foreign body. Such infections can lead to life threatening complications. Aim: To assess patency of PVC was the aim of the study. Materials and Method: Quantitative study with descriptive research design was carried out to assess patency of PVC. With the use of systematic random sampling technique 270 in patients of a tertiary care hospital were selected. To survey factors related with PVC, Modified VIP scoring scale was used. Recurrence rate of demographic variables was analysed by descriptive statistics. Collected information was associated with demographic variables with the use of SPSS software. Results: Collected data stated that dominant part of male in patients (75%) were among age group of 29-30 years; patients admitted in general ward and having acute illness were of 64% (174). Additionally Study uncovered that frequency of non patent catheter 54.44% (147) was high and noteworthy affiliation was found with length of intravenous catheterization at significance level of 0.05. Conclusion: From above discoveries it is clear that maximum of catheters discovered non patent and was related with long periods of insertion of PVC. Henceforth it is suggested potential complexity can be diminished with standard procedural rules and skilful nursing practice.


Patency, PVC (Peripheral Venous Catheter), Procedural Guidelines.

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