Â Â Â I am wondering if any oneÂ of youÂ is aware of any evidence-based literature on what the rate should be for a KVO.
Â Â Â Thank you,
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.
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