peripheral venous catheter

Pronunciation: (peh-RIH-feh-rul VEE-nus KA-theh-ter)

A device used to draw blood and give treatments, including intravenous fluids, drugs, or blood transfusions. A thin, flexible tube is inserted into a vein, usually in the back of the hand, the lower part of the arm, or the foot. A needle is inserted into a port to draw blood or give fluids.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Peripheral venous catheter. A peripheral venous catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is inserted into a vein. It is usually inserted into the lower part of the arm or the back of the hand. It is used to give intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, chemotherapy, and other drugs.

2006-05-05 Date last modified: 2015-10-12