For consumers - Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard

This standard describes the care you should expect to receive if you have a cannula or 'drip'. Find out more about what the standard means for consumers and the information available.

What is a peripheral intravenous catheter?

If you need to have medicines or fluids delivered directly into your bloodstream, your doctor or another member of your healthcare team may recommend a small flexible tube be inserted into a vein. This device is called a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) or an IV, cannula or drip. It is usually inserted into a vein in your arm, hand or foot and is connected to medicines and fluids when you need them.

What the standard means for you

The standard contains ten quality statements that describe the recommended care. You can use the information below to understand what the standard says and what this means for you.

Quality statements

Consumer resources