peripheral venous catheter

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

A thin, flexible tube that is inserted into a large vein, usually in the back of the hand, the lower part of the arm, or the foot. It is used to give intravenous fluids, blood transfusions, and chemotherapy and other drugs, and for taking blood samples. It avoids the need for repeated needle sticks.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

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.Catéter venoso periférico. Un catéter venoso periférico es un tubo delgado y flexible que se inserta en una vena. Normalmente, se inserta en la parte inferior del brazo o la parte posterior de la mano. Se usa para administrar líquidos, transfusiones de sangre, quimioterapia y otros medicamentos por vía intravenosa. 2006-05-05 Date last modified: 2015-07-06