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In the United States, PIV catheter failure rates average 53%, with one of every two catheters failing to make it to treatment’s end. The causes of these high failure rates are a result of common PIV complications (infiltration, extravasation, phlebitis, catheter occlusion, CR-BSIs and dislodgment).
In an effort to improve upon PIV success rates, Lee Steere, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC™ performed a prospective, multi-modal comparator study with IRB approval at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. The purpose of the study was to demonstrate that PIV dwell times will increase, and adverse outcomes decrease when the PIV is inserted by an IV specialist using a bundled approach.