The Scalp-Vein Needle: A Prospective Study of Complications

Kent B Crossley, John M. Matsen

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The frequency of complications accompanying the use of the scalp-vein needle was evaluated in a prospective study of 219 needle insertions in 142 medical and pediatric patients. Significant local infection occurred in 4.2% of cases. Reactions at the venipuncture site were noted in 13.7% of the needle insertions and were usually associated with the administration of certain antibiotics. There was no evident correlation between the duration of needle use and the occurrence of local reaction or infection. In view of the risk of infection and sepsis that accompanies the use of polyethylene catheters, it is suggested that the scalp-vein needle offers an acceptable alternative to these devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-987
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 15 1972


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