Single versus double occlusive dressing technique to minimize infusion thrombophlebitis: Vialon® and Teflon® cannulae reassessed

P. S. Myles, M. R. Buckland, W. J. Burnett

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Infusion thrombophlebitis is the commonest complication of intravenous cannulation. This study was undertaken to prospectively evaluate a double-occlusive dressing technique and a new cannula, bismuth oxide-Teflon® (Critikon Inc., Aust.), comparing it to Vialon® (Deseret Medical Inc., Utah, USA). The study group of two hundred patients had a 16 gauge intravenous cannula inserted in theatre using a standard technique. The incidence of thrombophlebitis was determined on a daily basis. Cannula tips were sent for culture on removal. Vialon® was found to be superior to Teflon® after day 1. Although a double-occlusive dressing technique increased the duration of cannulation (50.9 vs. 41.9 hours, P < 0.05), there was no difference in the incidence of thrombophlebitis. Neither cannula material nor dressing technique had an influence on the results of cannula tip culture (6% incidence). There was no evidence of bacteraemia in any case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-529
Number of pages5
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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