New standard to improve use of cannulas for patients

Australia has introduced a national clinical care standard to improve the care of patients who receive a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) in a hospital or healthcare setting.

The Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard outlines how to insert, maintain and remove PIVCs safely and effectively. It also describes the care that patients can expect if they have a PIVC inserted during a hospital stay or other healthcare encounter.

Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the new standard has been welcomed by consumers and healthcare professionals who work with hospital patients, including experts in anaesthetic medicine, vascular access and infection control.

The standard will help to improve the techniques used by healthcare professionals and reduce the risk for patients who may experience issues with insertion or complications afterwards.

To find out more about the clinical care standard and download resources visit: safetyandquality.gov.au/pivc-ccs