The severity of phlebitis associated with an intravenous (IV) catheter can be graded using a scale developed by Maddox et al. It was subsequently referred to by Baxter Healthcare, Ltd.
(5) palpable venous cord
(6) other findings
Clinical Findings at IV Site
no pain, no erythema, no swelling; no induration, no palpable venous cord
pain or erythema; no swelling, no induration, no palpable venous cord
pain and (erythema and/or swelling); no induration, no palpable venous cord
pain and erythema and swelling and (induration and/or palpable venous cord < 3 inches above the IV site)
pain and erythema and swelling and induration and a palpable venous cord >= 3 inches above the IV site
pain and erythema and swelling and induration and a palpable venous cord >= 3 inches above the IV site, plus frank vein thrombosis; the IV infusion may have stopped running because of the thrombosis
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Purpose: To evaluate the insertion site for an intravenous catheter using the scale of Maddox et al for catheter-related phlebitis.
Specialty: Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Pulmonology
Objective: severity, prognosis, stage, complications, adverse effects