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[Comment] Improving peripheral intravenous catheter failure rates

Almost every patient admitted to hospital is given a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC); however, data on the utility and safety of PIVCs are scarce.1,2 PIVCs need to be secured and dressed to prevent dislodgment and infection: the current standard of care is a dressing of transparent adhesive polyurethane film. However, concerns that this basic dressing provides inadequate securement have led to the development of novel dressings, which include bordered polyurethane or additional adhesive securement devices and cyanoacrylate adhesive added to the PVIC entry point.