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  1. Gouping, Zhang BN, RN
  2. Wan-Er, Tan RN
  3. Xue-Ling, Weng BN, RN
  4. Min-Qian, Xian RN
  5. Kun, Fang
  6. Turale, Sue DEd, MNSt, BApplSc, RPN, RN
  7. Fisher, John W. MSc, MEd, PhD


This study investigated the curative effects of notoginseny cream versus Hirudoid cream in the treatment of postinfusion phlebitis. Sixty-five patients who received peripheral infusion therapy during a 20-month period and had developed phlebitis were divided randomly into two groups. Group A was treated with notoginseny cream, a topical Chinese medicine developed and produced by the pharmacological department of The Second Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University. Group B was treated with heparinoid cream (Hirudoid, a commercial product from Germany). Significantly fewer applications of notoginseny cream were required to bring about the disappearance of signs and symptoms of phlebitis in the group A patients as compared with the group B patients for the same effect. The actual time of disappearance of the signs and symptoms of phlebitis also were significantly shorter in patients treated with notoginseny cream than with heparinoid cream.