Peripheral IV’s are at risk for contamination. Get resources to improve care.

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Complications and costs of peripheral IV failure.
Stay informed on PIVC practice.

Potential bloodstream infections can originate at any insertion site. While peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) insertion is considered a simple procedure, the facts about PIVC failure are troubling. Discover more about the scope of the challenges surrounding PIVCs in a clinical evidence summary of six studies discussing PIVC complications, practice changes, health economics and more.

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What’s the problem with PIVCs?

Between 60%-90% of hospitalized patients require an IV during their stay.1 Even though placing a PIVC is a routine procedure, one literature review found short-term PIVCs accounted for 22% of hospital-acquired catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI).2Read more about PIVC complications and methods that may help improve PIVC practice in the six-study clinical evidence summary.

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How can you improve PIVC practice?

Inserting a PIVC is a common practice, but unfortunately all IV access can lead to complications. Well-trained professionals see high PIVC failure rates of 36% to 63%.1 Help put the brakes on the unacceptable rate of PIVC complications. We’ve collected the resources you need to give structure to your strategy. Our insertion, maintenance and removal bundles are based on international best practice guidelines to help you create protocols that can reduce overall costs and improve outcomes. Download the guide from 3M that details evidence-based PIVC practices.<

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1. Helm RE, Klausner JD, Klemperer JD, et al. Accepted but unacceptable: peripheral IV catheter failure. J Infus Nurs. 2015;38(3):189-203. doi:10.1097/NAN.0000000000000100

2. Mermel L. Short-term peripheral venous catheter-related bloodstream infections: A systematic review. Clin Infect Dis. 2017;65(10):1757-1762. doi:10.1093/cid/cix562