PIV Care – What you do (or don’t do) matters to patients

Nurses and midwives care for peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVs) daily in most health-care settings. Rates of PIV failure before the end of treatment are high and this disrupts treatment and is distressing for patients.

Patient participation and engagement is a core aspect of maintaining safe, quality health service standards. Understanding patients’ perspectives of the PIV insertion and care experience is key to developing strategies to engage them in the care of their PIVC.

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