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KVO rates, evidence-based practice

Hi all,

    I am wondering if any one of you is aware of any evidence-based literature on what the rate should be for a KVO.

    Thank you,


There is no evidence to

There is no evidence to support a specific rate that will keep a catheter or vein patent. I have researched this for a publication a few years ago. Also, an order without a specific rate prescribed based on the specific patient's needs is not a complete and legal order. See the INS standards of practice and the following:

1.    Hadaway L. I.V. Rounds: Closing the case on keep-vein-open rate. Nursing2004. 2004;34(8):18.

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

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