How is septic thrombophlebitis prevented?

Updated: Oct 05, 2021
  • Author: JE Robyn Hanna, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Deterrence and prevention measures include the following:

  • Minimize intravenous catheter placement and phlebotomy [3]

  • Remove all indwelling catheters promptly [3]

  • Implement sterile technique when catheter placement is required [3, 5]

  • Favor peripheral cannulization over central cannulization

  • Avoid lower limb cannulization when possible


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