2 PIV's if no central line?

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  • Specializes in ER, Trauma, ICU, CVICU, EP. Has 12 years experience.

I am looking for some EBP on having more than 1 PIV (2) for patients in the critical care setting. I've searched around and have yet to come up with anything. I am gathering evidence for a policy we hope to implement in our unit.

Thanks in advance,

K

Specializes in ICU, CVICU, E.R.. Has 18 years experience.

I don't think there's a policy regarding how many PIVs an ICU patient should have. I think it's only common sense having 1 extra IV if your patient is on a drip or vasopressor. If that single IV infiltrates it would take at least another 5-10 minutes to get another IV. And that's if you detect the infiltration right away.

guest769224

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This is already a policy in my ICU. No central line? 2 PIV's. No exceptions.

Theloneyoni1

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Specializes in ER, Trauma, ICU, CVICU, EP. Has 12 years experience.
This is already a policy in my ICU. No central line? 2 PIV's. No exceptions.

Could you share a copy of the policy with me? - removing anything that would indicate that it's from your hospital.

This would really help me with the leverage I need to get this made a policy.

Thanks for replying

K

Theloneyoni1

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Specializes in ER, Trauma, ICU, CVICU, EP. Has 12 years experience.

@Pheebz777

That's my point. But - I want it to be an actual policy so I am trolling for info....