peripheral venous catheter

(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.

Pronunciation of dictionary term "peripheral venous catheter"

Pronunciation of dictionary term "catéter venoso periférico"

Tubo delgado y flexible que se introduce en una vena grande, habitualmente en el dorso de la mano, la parte inferior del brazo o el pie. Se usa para administrar líquidos intravenosos, trasfusiones de sangre, quimioterapia y otros medicamentos y para tomar muestras de sangre. Evita la necesidad de pinchazos repetidos de aguja.