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End cap (whatever the device might be) to PIV catheter hub

I have done a lit search and can not find any research supporting the placement of a small extension set when creating a saline lock.   Intuitively, it makes sense to decrease catheter movement and mechanical phlebitis.  Is anyone practicing in a setting where they place the end cap directly on the catheter hub and if so what is your phlebitis rate?



Deb McPherson MSN, RN

Maine Medical Center

Portland, Maine

You are right about no

You are right about no research, but I strongly support this in all classes that I teach.  Very curious to know if someone has tract complication rates with and/or without these extension sets.

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

I haven"t done any

I haven"t done any "official" tracking, but from personal experience can tell you that yes, what you are saying is right.

Interesting thought Lynn. 

Patrick Cassidy, RN

Bloomington Hospital of Orange County

Patrick Cassidy, RN

Infusion Therapy

IU Healthcare Paoli Hospital

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