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KVO Rates

Hi again.  I am wondering what rate is used for KVO rates for both PIVs and CVCs/PICCs.  When our patients finish their infusions in our outpatient clinics and have an time of observation afterwards (to watch for reactions) what rate should be used? Is a rate of 5 cc/hr fast enough for a PIV or a central line? If you have a specific rate  you use, is there a justification for it such as a hospital policy or some type of emperical evidence? Thank you.


I saw a post from Lynn Hadaway from Tue, 05/15/2007 - 11:52. has anything chnaged sine 2007?


No, nothing new. Flow rate is

No, nothing new. Flow rate is not the only factor in catheter and vein patency. 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

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