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Peripheral IV Catheters

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What Is a Peripheral IV Catheter?

Peripheral IV catheters are a type of catheter that are inserted into peripheral veins. Peripheral veins include all of the veins that are outside of the chest and abdomen, such as veins in the arms and legs. Other names for these catheters can include peripheral venous catheter (PVC) or peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC).

A peripheral IV catheter usually consists of a needle tip which is inserted directly into the vein, wings on the side for easy handling, a valve for the injection of drugs or fluids, and an end which can be connected to an intravenous infusion line.  

Peripheral IV catheters can be used for various purposes. They are most commonly used for giving patients intravenous fluids and medications, sending these fluids directly from an attached bag or container through the catheter tube and into the vein. They may also be used for other purposes like taking blood or blood transfusions.

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How Does a Peripheral IV Catheter Work?

Peripheral IV catheters are always inserted into peripheral veins, but can be inserted in different locations around the body. The most common location is the back of the hand or the arm. First, an area of insertion will need to be chosen and then a needle can be inserted into the area to puncture the skin. Once this is done, the needle is removed, leaving behind a plastic cannula. The catheter is then attached to this cannula and fixed in position with a dressing or tape.

Peripheral IV Catheter Sizes 

Peripheral catheters can vary in terms of length, diameter, and flow rate. They are usually measured with the French gauge system, which tells us the outer diameter of each catheter tube, with average sizes ranging from 14 Fr up to 26 Fr.

Peripheral IV Catheter Types

Most peripheral IV catheters are very similar in design and only differ in terms of their size. However, they can be divided into different types, such as pediatric peripheral IV catheters, which are used especially for child patients, as well as multi lumen peripheral IV catheters, which feature several lumens to potentially allow for multiple fluids or medications to be fed simultaneously into the body.

Peripheral IV Catheter Uses

There are many situations in which peripheral IV catheters may be used. They're most commonly used to provide treatments like intravenous fluids and drugs directly into the bloodstream when patients require these kinds of fluids or medicines. They can also be used for blood transfusions, as well as for drawing blood out of the body for testing or other purposes.

Peripheral IV Catheter Suppliers

Some of the top suppliers of peripheral IV catheters include Arrow International, Medline, Smiths Medical, and B Braun.

Buy Peripheral IV Catheters at CIA Medical

If you're looking for the best quality medical supplies at the most competitive prices, choose CIA Medical. We offer a huge range of wholesale medical equipment, including peripheral IV catheters from leading brands, and we've been in the business for many years, with more than 25,000 happy customers served so far.