IV Catheter

IV Catheter or Intravenous Catheter is a small, flexible tube designed to deliver IV medications and fluids to the patient. It directly administers medications and fluids into the peripheral vein situated in the arm or leg of the patient. It makes sure that the patient receives the effects of treatment much faster than by any other route. After insertion, the line can also be used to draw blood. IV catheter supplies prove to be beneficial in many medical conditions like nutrition, chemotherapy, dehydration, shock, blood transfusions, surgery and medication administration.

Types of IV Catheters

There are different types of IV catheters depending upon where they are inserted in the patient body:

  • Peripheral – Short: Usually inserted in the forearm or hand when a patient gets admitted to a hospital.
  • Peripheral – Midline: Put in the arm near the inside of the elbow. It is passed up inside the vein, with the tip not extending farther than the armpit or axilla.
  • Central – Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC): Inserted into the elbow vein like a midline catheter but is threaded up into the vena cava, leading to the heart.
  • Central – Tunneled Central Venous Catheter: Surgically inserted through subcutaneous tissue leading to an exit site located on the chest or abdominal wall. The tip of the catheter rests in the vena cava.
  • Central – Percutaneous Non-Tunneled Catheter: Percutaneously inserted through the jugular, subclavian or femoral vein.
  • Central – Implanted Port: An implanted reservoir, attached to a catheter, is placed in the chest or arm of the patient. Tip of this IV catheter positions in the central vasculature.


Shop Catheters offers a wide range of IV catheters from various top-selling manufacturers like Becton Dickinson, B. Braun, Cardinal Health, Invacare, etc.

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