Peripheral IV Complications

Make peripheral lines a central focus

Make peripherals a central focus


Peripheral intravenous (PIV) access is often considered a simple, low-risk procedure, when in fact:

  • Patient illustration

    Up to 70% of patients require a PIV during their hospital stay.¹

  • Infection illustration

    Up to 47% of CLABSIs occurred in patients with multiple lines- including PIVs.²

  • bloodstream illistration

    There are 165,000 potential PIV-related bloodstream infections per year in the US.³

  • Paper money graphic

    Cost of treating PIV failure-related complications can add 7–20 hospital days with total costs reaching up to $2.3 billion in US ICUs alone each year.⁴

Three keys to preventing PIV complications

  • Three keys to preventing PIV complications

    As your trusted partner in protecting patients, we share your goal of reducing the risk of PIV 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: peoplepractice, 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 bloodstream infections takes training and commitment. Learn more about 3M resources to help clinicians ensure proper protocols are followed for every patient, every time.

  • 3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program
    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.

  • 3M℠ Health Care Academy
    3M℠ 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, including courses on bloodstream infection prevention.

Watch these PIV Care education courses and earn free CE credits

Watch webinars to earn free CE credit. These interactive CE courses provide helpful information about PIV complications and ways to help reduce the risk of complications.

Current best practice standards

Many well-regarded organizations including INS and CDC provide evidence-based standards and best practice guidelines for preventing PIV complications.

  • New CE Courses on 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice
    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.

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

3M’s evidence-based antimicrobial product offerings protect against both extraluminal and intraluminal contamination of PIVs. When properly deployed, these antimicrobial solutions offer another line of defense against potential contamination.


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  • ¹ Znigg W, Pittet D. Peripheral venous catheters: an under-evaluated problem. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2009;39(4):S38-S42
    ² DeVries M, Mancos P, Valentine MJ. Reducing bloodstream infection risk in central and peripheral intravenous lines: Initial data on passive intravenous connector disinfection. J Assoc Vasc Access. 2014;19(2):87-93
    ³ Hadaway L. Short peripheral intravenous catheters and infections. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2012;35(4).
    ⁴ Helm RE, Klausner JD, Klemperer JD, Flint LM, Huang E. Accepted but unacceptable:

    Peripheral IV catheter failure. J Infus Nurs. 2015;38(3):189-203