Review ongoing need

Quality statement 9

The ongoing need for a patient’s PIVC is reviewed and documented at least daily, or more often if clinically indicated.

Purpose

To ensure that PIVCs are promptly removed when they are no longer needed.

What the quality statement means

For patients

Your clinician will review your PIVC at least once a day to make sure that it is still needed. If it is not needed any more, it will be removed. If your PIVC has not been used in the last 24 hours, ask your clinician if it is still needed.

For clinicians

Review and document the ongoing clinical need for a patient’s PIVC at least once per day, or more often if clinically indicated. Review whether switching from IV to oral therapy is possible. Remove the PIVC immediately if it is no longer required.

If extended IV therapy is anticipated, consider whether an alternative device, such as a peripherally inserted central catheter or central line, should be inserted (see Quality statement 1).

For health service organisations

Ensure that policies are in place which describe the need for at least daily review of ongoing need for IV access, and for immediate removal of PIVCs when they are no longer needed.

For patients

Your clinician will review your PIVC at least once a day to make sure that it is still needed. If it is not needed any more, it will be removed. If your PIVC has not been used in the last 24 hours, ask your clinician if it is still needed.

For clinicians

Review and document the ongoing clinical need for a patient’s PIVC at least once per day, or more often if clinically indicated. Review whether switching from IV to oral therapy is possible. Remove the PIVC immediately if it is no longer required.

If extended IV therapy is anticipated, consider whether an alternative device, such as a peripherally inserted central catheter or central line, should be inserted (see Quality statement 1).

For health service organisations

Ensure that policies are in place which describe the need for at least daily review of ongoing need for IV access, and for immediate removal of PIVCs when they are no longer needed.

Read quality statement 10 - Remove safely and replace if needed