A Disposable IV (Intravenous) Catheter is a medical device used for establishing access to a patient’s veins to administer fluids, medications, or blood products directly into the bloodstream. These catheters are designed for single use to ensure sterility and minimize the risk of infection.
Key features of a Disposable IV Catheter include:
Needle and Catheter: The IV catheter consists of a thin, sharp needle attached to a flexible plastic catheter tube. The needle is used to puncture the vein, and once in place, the catheter remains in the vein.
Catheter Sizes: IV catheters come in various sizes (gauges) to accommodate different clinical needs and patient conditions. Smaller gauges are used for delicate veins, while larger gauges allow for faster fluid administration.
Sterility: They are pre-sterilized to ensure they are free from contaminants, making them safe for use.
Safety Features: Some IV catheters incorporate safety features to minimize the risk of needlestick injuries or accidental dislodgment.
Wings and Stabilization: Many IV catheters have wings or flanges for secure insertion and stabilization.
Disposable IV Catheters are essential tools in healthcare settings, allowing healthcare providers to establish intravenous access quickly and efficiently. They are widely used in hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities for a variety of medical procedures, including hydration, medication administration, and blood transfusions.
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