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Question 1: Does use of a splint increase the functional duration of cannulae in neonates?
  1. Sobia Bilal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sobia Bilal, 3 Woodlea Holt, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4SY, UK; docsobia{at}

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You are working in a neonatal unit and are performing cannulation in one of the term babies. After applying the dressing you also routinely apply a splint. You wonder if the splint will improve the functional duration of the cannula.

Structured clinical question

In neonates, term/preterm patients, does application of a splint (intervention) help in improving the functional duration of cannula outcome?

Search strategy

Secondary sources: Cochrane library: no relevant results.

Primary Sources: Databases including Medline, Embase, PubMed and CINHAL were searched to early 2013 using cannula OR cannulation OR IV access OR IV cannula OR peripheral …

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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