Blood Exposure Study Comparing Safety IVCs
A Prospective Randomized Trial of Two Safety Peripheral Intravenous Catheters
Purpose of Study
To evaluate the ease of use and degree of exposure to patients' blood of an active safety vs. a passive safety IV catheter.
The main objective was to evaluate the difficulty of inserting the catheters in terms of the number of insertion failures and difficulties introducing the catheter and withdrawing the needle.
The second objective was to determine the degree of exposure to patients' blood evaluated as the number of exposures of the staff and blood splashes in the environment, and the staff's sense of protection.
The passive safety catheter is more efficient than the active safety catheter with regard to the ease of introduction of the catheter into the vein and the staff's exposure to the patient's blood.
A Prospective Randomized Trial of Two Safety Peripheral Intravenous Catheters, Prunet B et al, published by Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 107 No. 1 July 2008; 155-158