Despite the importance of peripheral intravenous (PIV) catheters, they often do not receive as much attention as central lines. Given their frequent use, they are responsible for a significant number of complications. And with up to 70% of patients requiring a PIV during their hospital stay,¹ facilities should be paying specific attention to PIVs.
Up to one-third of vascular access devices become dislodged¹
The average number of catheters required per patient during 3.5-day period for reasons related to catheter failure²
The average cost of each short peripheral IV catheter insertion³
As your trusted partner in protecting patients, we share your goal of reducing the risk of IV complications. And we want to do everything in our power to help you achieve it.
We believe there are three keys to reaching this goal: people, practice, and products. It’s an effort that requires exacting standards of care, a commitment from the care team to methodically adhere to those standards, and technology that adds an additional layer of protection.
Preventing I.V. complications caused by catheter movement takes training and commitment. Learn more about 3M resources to help clinicians ensure proper protocols are followed for every patient, every time.
The 3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program gives you access to a team of 3M Clinical Specialists and a robust portfolio of tools to help you navigate IV care obstacles and implement change.
3M℠ Health Care Academy offers free, quality educational content in a flexible online format. Choose from more than 50 CE credit courses to support your professional development.
Watch a webiner and earn free CE credit. Learn from Kristopher Hunter, BSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC, in a course about the technology of adhesion and securement as it relates to vascular access with clinical considerations and a review of MARSI prevention strategies.
Stephen Rowley describes Aseptic Non Touch Technique and its role in clinical practice as a comprehensive solution to address the challenges associated with the ambiguity of aseptic technique. He reviews examples of specific tools to support and discusses this technique’s impact on patient safety.
Tricia Kleidon, RN, BSc, MNP, discusses global challenges with peripheral IV catheter (PIVC) use and identifies risk factors for PIVC failure. She presents results from a global PIVC study and best practices to reduce the risk of PIVC complications and failure.
Nancy Moureau, RN, BSN, CRNI, CPUI, VA-BC, describes how the Michican Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous Catheters (MAGIC) guide was developed and how it can be used to facilitate vascular access device selection.
Many well-regarded organizations including INS, CDC, and The Joint Commission provide evidence-based standards and best practice guidelines for preventing I.V. complications.
The Infusion Nurses Society recently revised its Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice. Lisa Gorski, chair of both the 2011 and 2016 INS Standards of Practice Committees, presents a two-part program to help update clinicians on the changes.
For over 35 years, 3M has collaborated with healthcare professionals around the world to develop products that simplify and improve patient care practices. After seeing the need for a transparent dressing to visualize IV sites, 3M scientists invented 3M™ Tegaderm™ Dressings in 1982.
Today, the Tegaderm™ Brand offers an array of products that provide catheter securement and a waterproof barrier to external contaminants (e.g. blood, fluid, bacteria, etc.) including viruses.* Many medical professionals continue to rely on Tegaderm™ Dressings as part of their daily procedures to protect their patients from IV infections.
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1. Jackson A. Retrospective comparative audit of two peripheral IV securement dressings. British Journal of Nursing.2012. Vol 21, No 2
2. Helm R. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2015 May 1;38(3):189-203.
3. Goff D, Larsen P, Brinkley J, Eldridge D, Newton D, Hartzog T, et al. Resource utilization and cost of inserting peripheral intravenous catheters in hospitalized children. Hospital Pediatrics. 2013;3(3):185-91.