WoCoVA consensus on the clinical use of in-line filtration during intravenous infusions: Current evidence and recommendations for future research

Ton Van Boxtel, Mauro Pittiruti, Annemarie Arkema, Patrick Ball, Giovanni Barone , Sergio Bertoglio, Roberto Biffi, Christian Dupont, Caroline Fonzo-Christe, Jann Foster, Matthew Jones , Cornelia Keck, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Michael Sasse, Giancarlo Scoppettuolo , Agnes Van Den Hoogen, Gianluca Villa, Lynn Hadaway, Marcia Ryder, Gregory SchearsJosie Stone

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Abstract

The need for filtering intravenous infusions has long been recognized in the field of venous access, though hard scientific evidence about the actual indications for in-line filters has been scarce. In the last few years, several papers and a few clinical studies have raised again this issue, suggesting that the time has come for a proper definition of the type of filtration, of its potential benefit, and of its proper indications in clinical practice. The WoCoVA Foundation, whose goal is to increase the global awareness on the risk of intravenous access and on patients' safety, developed the project of a consensus on intravenous filtration. A panel of experts in different aspects of intravenous infusion was chosen to express the current state of knowledge about filtration and to indicate the direction of future research in this field. The present document reports the final conclusions of the panel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalThe Journal of Vascular Access
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Jan 2021

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