I have recently read conflicting information regarding the best site selection for peripheral IV access. The INS text Infusion Nursing An Evidence Based Practice states that the superficial veins in the hand and forearm should be the primary veins used. They further state that access should start at most distal point and work proximally. This is also written in the INS Standards of Practice. The CDC recommendations for Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections also states that the hand veins are preferable due to a lowered risk for phlebitis and infection than the veins in the wrist or forearm. Now I have seen articles stating the hand veins should be avoided. What should my practice be?