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Subcutaneous infusions: a safe, effective, and acceptable alternative vascular access route

Posted by Daphne Broadhurst on 29 September 2020

Subcutaneous infusions: a safe, effective, and acceptable alternative vascular access route

Venous depletion and the physical and psychological trauma of peripheral venipuncture are a growing concern. Is there a safe, effective and perhaps easy alternative?

We now have strong evidence to add subcutaneous access as an appropriate route for subcutaneous hydration infusions for older adults and some evidence for pediatric and perhaps palliative patients for management of mild to moderate dehydration. Did you know that some antibiotics can also be given via subcutaneous route, in addition to other medications?

It's time to consider subcutaneous access as a vascular access option for your patients.

 

Reference:

Broadhurst D, Cooke M, Sriram D, Gray B. (2020) Subcutaneous hydration and medications infusions (effectiveness, safety, acceptability): A systematic review of systematic reviews. PLoS ONE 15(8): e0237572. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0237572

 

Author: Daphne Broadhurst
Tags: infusion intravenous catheter vascular access devices

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