ABSTRACT: It is with interest how I have seen the care, management and review of patients with intravenous catheters (IVCath) over the years. How our attitudes and approaches have (and always will) continue to change as we learn more about the body, the healing process, the dos and the don’ts through our own experiences and learning. There have been a number of articles recently that have highlighted the correct method of placing an IVCath and the management behind this; however, I feel there is a small hole here behind what is considered a patency check over that of a phlebitis check.


Anne Ward, PGCertTLHE BSc DipAVN (Surgical) RVN

Anne is the head nurse at Aberdeen Veterinary Referrals – a busy multidisciplinary referral centre serving the north-east of Scotland. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings over the last 29 years,
including referral, first opinion, emergency hospitals and charitable clinics. Having worked in education for 14 of those years, she holds a BSc in Veterinary Nursing and Health Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate qualification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is passionate about promoting the professionalism of Gold Standard veterinary welfare and care through continued teaching, training and support for all persons working within the veterinary sector Email: awardrvn@yahoo.com

Keywords: Aseptic technique; catheter patency; infiltration; intravenous catheter; intravenous catheter maintenance; phlebitis

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 33 (11) • November 2018 pp313-318

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