Intravenous therapy: Guidance and implications for clinical practice

Ray Higginson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Intravenous (IV) drug administation is a common procedure requiring venous cannulation. Despite its prevalence, IV therapy has several associated risks, such as infection, phelbitis, hypervolaemia and anaphylaxis. This article provides a brief overview of current clinical guidance on IV therapy and the current challenges in terms of infection control and ensuring patient safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-268
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Healthcare Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Clinical guidance
  • Infection prevention
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Patient safety


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