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Guide to Peripheral Catheter Stabilization Devices

All vascular access devices should be stabilized to prevent complications such as device movement (or pistoning in the vessel) that may cause phlebitis, or cause the introduction of microorganisms into the vessel, and unintentional loss of venous access. The methods used to stabilize a device should not interfere with the assessment or monitoring of the site and should not impede vascular circulation or delivery of the prescribed therapy. The use of transparent membrane dressing and tape is not adequate for peripheral cannula securement. For peripheral catheter securement, consider several options:

1. Use of a peripheral catheter with an engineered stabilization device on the hub with a bordered polyurethane securement dressing
2. Use of a standard round hub peripheral catheter in combination with an adhesive ESD
3. Cyanoacrylate tissue adhesive, a medical sterile super-glue, and a standard transparent dressing

Please note: These lists are for reference and educational use only. Pedagogy does not recommend the use of any product or product manufacturer. 

Download a printable copy of the Guide to Peripheral Catheter Stabilzation Devices resource

This resource accompanies our Basics of Peripheral IV Therapy; Current Standards of Practice 2016 continuing education course, which is also part of of many of our IV Certification course packages

Guide to Peripheral Catheter Stabilization Devices

Medical-Grade Glue (Cyanoacrylate)

Peripheral Catheters with Securement Device

Cutaneous/Adhesive Based Engineered Securement Devices

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