IV cannula securement: protecting the patient from infection

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The use of venous cannulas to administer intravenous therapy is a common clinical intervention within the hospital setting. Once in situ, IV cannulas must be securely fixed in order to prevent their movement or displacement; as unsecured cannulas pose significant health risks, such as mechanical phlebitis and an increased risk of infection. This article explores some of the complications associated with inappropriately secured IV cannulas, along with a discussion on common securement devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S23-S28
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue numberSup8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2015


  • Tub securement
  • Mechanical phlebitis
  • Infection control
  • Nursing


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