Butterfly Needle vs Catheter Needle

A patient is for intravenous infusion of drugs which will last for about 20 minutes.

Question: Which needle to use?  Butterfly needle or catheter needle?

Butterfly needle –


Catheter needle –


Butterfly needle.

Both butterfly needle and catheter needle can achieve the objective of intravenous infusion of the drugs.

Butterfly needle is less painful to insert than catheter needle.

Butterfly needle is less costly than catheter needle.

Both are readily available.


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