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What is a pink IV cannula used for?

Pink IV cannulas, often referred to as “pink needles” or “pink catheters,” are a type of intravenous (IV) catheter used in medical settings. The color coding of IV catheters is a standard practice to differentiate their sizes and intended uses. While the specific color coding may vary between manufacturers, pink typically indicates a smaller gauge size.

In medical practice, a pink IV cannula is commonly used for pediatric patients or individuals with delicate veins. The smaller gauge allows for a less invasive and more comfortable experience during venous cannulation, especially for patients with smaller or fragile veins. It’s essential to choose an appropriate cannula size to minimize discomfort and potential complications during intravenous therapy.