Unacceptable IV Catheter Failure Rates
For several decades, short-peripheral IV catheter failures and their related complications have been a topic of discussion. An estimated 75% of U.S. hospitalized patients require an IV catheter, and complication rates are routinely found to range from 35-50%. The implications for patients, clinicians, and the healthcare system have yet to be addressed although they have been discussed and debated. A central challenge has been a lack of hard evidence and agreement as to the underlying mechanisms related to IV catheter complications as well as new technology.
Advancing Clinical Practice Through Education
The May/June 2015 edition of The Journal of Infusion Nursing is a must read for those with a desire to improve IV therapy. The article “Accepted but Unaccepted: Peripheral IV Catheter Failures”1 is an excellent well-documented article on IV complications to date.