Burke modified the scale developed by Maddox et al for grading phlebitis associated with a peripheral intravascular catheter.
(4) palpable venous cord
(5) pus or purulent drainage
(6) tissue necrosis or abscess
with or without
< 2 cm
2 - 4 cm
> 4 cm
palpable venous cord
pus or drainage
necrosis or abscess
If pus, drainage or abscess are present, then cultures should be taken.
The catheter should be replaced for Grade 2 and higher.
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Purpose: To grade the severity of phlebitis associated with a peripheral intravenous catheter using Burke's modification of the scale of Maddox et al.
Specialty: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonology
Objective: severity, prognosis, stage