The European recommendations on the proper indication and use of peripheral venous access devices (ERPIUP) consensus
June 13, 2022
The European recommendations on the proper indication and use of peripheral venous access devices (ERPIUP) consensus was a project led by WoCoVA to offer systematic recommendations for clinical practice, covering every aspect of management of peripheral venous access devices in the adult patient.1 These aspects include indication, insertion, maintenance, prevention and treatment of complications, and removal of peripheral vascular access devices (PVADs). The recommendations also aim to improve standardisation of the terminology, bringing clarity of definition and classification.1
PVAD placement is one of the most often performed invasive procedures in clinical practice.2 In the last decade, it has been recognised that while PVADs or specifically, the most widely used short peripheral catheters (SPCs), may be somewhat inexpensive and easy to insert and remove.1 They are nonetheless associated with a high instance of minor local complications resulting in catheter failure.1 More recently they have also been associated with more severe systemic complications such as bloodstream infections (BSIs).1 This has led to a new era of increased awareness about PVADs, and the recognition that clinicians must make every effort to optimise their use and minimise the rate of complications.
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- Pittiruti M, Van Boxtel T, Scoppettuolo G, et al. European recommendations on the proper indication and use of peripheral venous access devices (the ERPIUP consensus): A WoCoVA project. J Vasc Access. 2021:11297298211023274. doi: 10.1177/11297298211023274.
- Platt V, Osenkarski S. Improving Vascular Access Outcomes and Enhancing
Practice. J Infus Nurs. 2018;41(6):375-382. doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000304
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