Catheter Movement

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Improving patient outcomes with proper IV securement

  • 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.

Catheter movement complications by the numbers

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    Up to one-third of vascular access devices become dislodged¹

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    The average number of catheters required per patient during 3.5-day period for reasons related to catheter failure²

  • Cost

    The average cost of each short peripheral IV catheter insertion³

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    Three keys to reducing IV failures

    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.

Trained & committed people

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.

  • PEAK
    3M™ Peak™ Clinical Outcomes Program

    The 3M™ Peak™ Clinical Outcomes Program provides you with the resources and partnership you need to define and achieve the outcomes most important to you, your patients and your organization.

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    Health Care Academy

    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 these IV care education courses and earn free CE credits

  • Watch a webinar 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.

Current best practice standards

Many well-regarded organizations including INS, CDC, and The Joint Commission provide evidence-based standards and best practice guidelines for preventing I.V. complications.

  • INS class
    New CE Courses on 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

    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.

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    Interested in learning how 3M solutions align with the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice?

    Download the 3M quick guide to the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice.

Effective & proven technology

The important role of securement selection

Choosing the right type of securement for the situation is critical to patient care. Keeping these product qualities in mind will help you select the best option.

Securement selection

A family of reliable securement products

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.