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  1. Keogh, Samantha PhD, RN
  2. Marsh, Nicole MAdvPrac(c), RN
  3. Higgins, Niall PhD, RN
  4. Davies, Karen Grad Dip Hlth Mngmt, RN
  5. Rickard, Claire PhD, RN


Peripheral venous catheters (PVCs) are the simplest and most frequently used method for drug, fluid, and blood product administration in the hospital setting. It is estimated that up to 90% of patients in acute care hospitals require a PVC; however, PVCs are associated with inherent complications, which can be mechanical or infectious. There have been a range of strategies to prevent or reduce PVC-related complications that include optimizing patency through the use of flushing. Little is known about the current status of flushing practice. This observational study quantified preparation and administration time and identified adherence to principles of Aseptic Non-Touch Technique and organizational protocol on PVC flushing by using both manually prepared and prefilled syringes.