60% of all hospital-acquired infections originate from vascular access.
Peripheral intravenous device (PIV)/catheters are the most commonly used intravenous device in hospitalized patients. They are primarily used for therapeutic purposes such as administration of medications, fluids and/or blood products as well as blood sampling. Peripheral IV’s are usually considered a low risk, however can be associated with complications such as hematoma, phlebitis, pain and infections.
The goal is to maintain meticulous aseptic technique during I.V. insertion and throughout therapy to avoid introducing bacteria into the bloodstream.
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