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.

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: 2015-07-06