Fewer Complications & Lower Material Costs Make A Big Impact

In addition to costing less than immobilizers, I.V. House products have been shown to reduce patient injury and increase dwell time, thereby reducing costly, time-consuming restarts.

We know that placement of a peripheral IV device is one of the most common invasive procedures1 performed in a hospital setting, with estimates between 70% to 90% of patients requiring IV therapy.2

Material Cost Implications

IV therapy complications cause pain and distress for patients and often result in extended hospital stays. A recent report showed that annual peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) sales exceed 350 million in the United States. Around 37 million patients are hospitalized in the U.S. each year, meaning hospitals use an average of 10 PIVCs per patient admission, indicating high failure rates and increased costs.3

In addition, the financial cost for premature PIVC removal is conservatively estimated at $1.5 billion annually in the U.S.4 Patients with PIVC failure have prolonged, more expensive hospitalizations averaging two additional days of hospitalization at the cost of over $3,000.5

Hospitals using I.V. House products, including the TLC® Splint, I.V. House UltraDome®, or I.V. House UltraDressing®, report up to a 20% reduction in IV therapy complications, including moderate to severe infiltrates. In addition, I.V. House products are less expensive than other immobilization devices that obscure the IV insertion site and surrounding tissue making visual and manual assessment more difficult.

Average = 61% reduction in costs
Typical Immobilizer Price Range* I.V. House Joint Stabilization
and IV Insertion Site Protection
Price Range Savings
Immobilizer Elbow Peds Extra Small $19–$25 XS (Newborn) Elbow Splint and
727SFP UltraDome
< $10 55%
Immobilizer Elbow Peds Small $19–$25 Small (Infant) Elbow Splint and
750LFP UltraDome
< $10 67%
Immobilizer Elbow Peds Med $22–$32.50 Medium (Toddler) Elbow Splint and
750LFP UltraDome
< $10 57%
Immobilizer Elbow Md/Lg $25–$38 Large (Child) Elbow Splint and
750LFP UltraDome
< $10 63%
*Average retail prices via internet search

Cost Per IV Catheter Stick

The average cost of a short peripheral IV catheter insertion in the United States is between $28 and $35 for straightforward “first stick” insertions. Unfortunately, the failure of one peripheral IV catheter initiates a damaging and costly cycle of catheter removal and reinsertion, with each restart costing $69 on average. A recent report indicates the cost of accidental dislodgment could be more than $266 million annually.6 Hospitals could realize significant savings in equipment and staff time if even a small number of dislodgments could be reduced through effective securement.

Impact of Secondary Securement

In one study, kits that included a transparent dressing, catheter stabilization device, and the I.V. House UltraDome, dwell time increased from 38.2 hours to 62 hours, and infiltrations dropped by approximately 30%.7 Nurses reported the kits were easy to use and increased visibility of the IV insertion site to improve access for hourly assessments. In addition to reducing patient harm, study organizers said the hospital would see cost savings in equipment and nurse time due to increased dwell times.

The Benefit of I.V. Therapy Joint Stabilization

Recently, a large pediatric hospital used a maintenance bundle that included the TLC Splint. Peer-to-peer rounding with IV team nurses and unit nurses resulted in 90 less moderate to severe infiltrates when compared to the previous year,8 exceeding the 20% reduction goal.

Combined Interventions

A large children’s hospital in the Northeast saw a dramatic reduction in mild, moderate, and severe infiltrates in the first year of introducing the TLC Splint and I.V. House UltraDome® into their IV therapy practice. The hospital determined the decrease in peripheral IV infiltration and extravasation (PIVIE) events supports the continued use of the products.

storage cart for I.V. House trial supplies
In the first year after adopting I.V. House products, one hospital saw a 30% reduction in severe infiltrates, 42% reduction in moderate infiltrates, and 55% reduction in mild infiltrates.
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Using the TLC Splint and I.V. House UltraDome, this hospital was able to reduce patient harm with a 40% decrease in moderate to severe infiltrates from 2019 to 2020.

Conclusion

From a cost perspective, hospitals should consider the following when addressing their IV therapy practices:

  1. The initial cost for secondary securement and joint stabilization products
  2. The effectiveness in preventing patient harm

To learn more about how I.V. House products may help reduce costs, increase nurse efficiency, and improve patient outcomes, please get in touch with us.


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