Invasive Device (CVC / PVC / Urethral Urinary Catheters) SOPs
As well as the Insertion & Maintenance of Adult Indwelling Urethral Urinary Catheters SOP, NHSGGC now has two new Invasive Device SOPs for adult in-patients.

Approximately 30% of our Adult Acute Hospital in-patients will have a Peripheral Venous Catheter (PVC) in place during their stay and in order to minimise the risk of bloodstream infections (bacteraemia) it is important that clinical staff are aware of the salient education points:

Peripheral Venous Catheter (PVC) in adult in-patients:

  • Skin is cleansed with an antiseptic containing Chlorhexidine 2% in 70% Isopropyl alcohol and left to dry before PVC insertion.
  • Access should be via the needlefree connector not the port at the top of the device.  Before accessing this you should "scrub the hub" for at least 15 seconds with Chlorhexidine 2% in 70% Isopropyl alcohol wipe.
  • A single or multi-lumen needlefree connector must be primed with 0.9% normal saline before attaching to PVC.
  • A PVC care plan should be commenced as soon as possible after PVC insertion and the PVC must be checked at least once per day.  The care plan must be fully completed to ensure optimal practice to avoid patient harm.