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.
Clinical and patient impact
Up to 70% of patients require a PIV during their hospital stay.¹
Approximately 1.6 million PIV infections occur each year globally.²
Up to 47% of CLABSIs occurred in patients with multiple lines- including PIVs.³
1 in 4 PIV catheters infiltrate.⁴
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: 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 bloodstream infections 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, including courses on bloodstream infection prevention.
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.
Learn from Mary Duncan, RN, MSN, CIC. Sr. Director of Infection Prevention, in a free webinar about a new study that showed reduction of primary bloodstream infections (BSIs) by following a Peripheral IV Maintenance Bundle.
Learn from 3M Technical Service Specialist Joseph Hommes, RN, BSN, VA/BC, in a free webinar about the impact, incidence, and clinical considerations of peripheral IV complications. Understand how to protect peripheral IV sites and reduce risk of complications.
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.
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.
Many well-regarded organizations including INS and CDC provide evidence-based standards and best practice guidelines for preventing PIV 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.
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.
Thank you for connecting with 3M! We’ll be in touch with you shortly.
An error has occurred while submitting. Please try again later...
¹ Znigg, Walter et al, peripheral venous catheters: an under-evaluated problem. International Journal of Antimicrobial Age sj. Volume l34 S38-S42
² Assuming 80% of approximately one billion catheters sold globally are successfully inserted, a rate of 0.2% of these catheters producing a BSI would result in 1.6 million patients becoming infected annually. 0.2% is the median PVC infection incidence published in 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.
³ 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.
⁴ Helm R. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2015 May 1;38(3):189-203.