Quality statements

The Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard includes ten evidence-based quality statements that describe the care patients should expect to receive if they have a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) inserted during their healthcare visit.

Quality statements

The Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard includes ten quality statements to promote the skillful use of PIVCs and to reduce complications including infections. It supports the provision of high-quality, evidence-based care, taking into account the context in which care is provided, local variation and the quality improvement priorities of the individual health services.

Follow the links below to read each quality statement in full:

  1. Assess intravenous access needs

  2. Inform and partner with patients

  3. Ensure competency

  4. Choose the right insertion site and PIVC

  5. Maximise first insertion success

  6. Insert and secure

  7. Document decisions and care

  8. Routine use: inspect, access and flush

  9. Review ongoing need

  10. Remove safely and replace if needed

Goal 

The goal of the Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard is to promote the judicious use of PIVCs and to reduce complications by highlighting the importance of maintaining and preserving a patient’s vessel health.

Scope

This clinical care standard relates to the care that patients of all ages, in all healthcare settings should receive to reduce complications associated with the insertion, maintenance and removal of PIVCs.

Pathway of care 

This clinical care standard covers the period from when a patient is identified as requiring therapy to be administered by the peripheral IV route, to completing the therapy and removing the PIVC.

Healthcare settings

The standard applies to all healthcare settings where PIVCs may be inserted or managed, such as:

  • All hospital settings, including public and private hospitals, subacute facilities, and outpatient and day procedure services
  • Emergency services, such as ambulance services
  • General practice and other community settings where peripheral intravenous catheters may be used, including outreach services such as Hospital in the Home settings.

What is not covered

This clinical care standard does not cover the use of midline catheters, peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) or central venous catheters.