Comparison of metal Versus Vialon® subcutaneous catheters in a palliative care setting

David Currow, Neil Cooney

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Abstract

In 63 evaluable palliative care patients requiring intermittent bolus subcutaneous administration of medication, who were randomly assigned either a standard metal subcutaneous needle or a PTFE (Vialon®) catheter, there was a significantly greater incidence of local reactions at the insertion site with the metal needles (9/30) compared with the PTFE catheters (2/33). Despite this, there was no significant difference between the two in functional survival. Volume of medication injected per day was the best predictor of total time that the subcutaneous lines remained in situ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-336
Number of pages4
JournalPalliative Medicine
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • drug delivery systems
  • injections
  • materials testing
  • needles
  • subcutaneous
  • terminal care

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