Recent Poll Results Highlight Current Industry Trends and Solutions

In a recent poll of pediatric nurses, IV insertion site access for visual and manual assessment were shown to be high priorities for preventing patient harm.

During the Society of Pediatric Nurses 2021 virtual conference, we created a poll to ask nurses who visited our online booth about preventing patient harm during IV therapy. Here’s what they had to say:

97% of nurses said it’s important to be able to visualize the IV insertion site and extremity.

Hourly assessments are important to check for early warning signs of IV complications. Traditional armboards are opaque and require removal to visually and manually assess the IV insertion site. See-through openings in the TLC® Splint, available for the wrist, elbow, and foot, allow nurses to Touch, Look, and Compare the extremity with an IV catheter to the opposite extremity to check for early warning signs of complications.

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How important is being able to visualize the IV insertion site and extremity?

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91%

Extremely important

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6%

Somewhat important

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O%

Neutral

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O%

Not important at all

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3%

Other (Depends upon the situation)

Chart showing the importance of visualizing the IV site and surrounding tissue

100% of nurses said IV insertion site protection could help prevent IV catheter loss.

The most recent edition of the Journal of Infusion Nursing Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice recommends the use of clear VAD covers to protect vascular access devices and vascular access sites to help prevent accidental dislodgment. (page S112) The I.V. House UltraDome® and I.V. House UltraDressing® both provide clear, ventilated domes to protect the IV catheter and loop of tubing against the bumps and snags that can lead to accidental dislodgment.

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Do you feel that added IV insertion site protection could help prevent IV loss?

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97%

Yes

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3%

Potentially

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O%

No

100% of respondents felt IV Insertion site protection would potentially or definitely help prevent IV loss.

82% of respondents said their hospitals are experiencing common IV therapy complications.

There’s a reason a large majority of 2021 U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals use I.V. House products to help improve patient safety and increase nurse efficiency. You can read more about how combining I.V. House products with complementary interventions helps prevent common complications including infiltration, extravasation, and accidental dislodgment in an earlier blog post.

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Is your hospital currently experiencing any IV-related complications?

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29%

Yes (Unspecified)

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47%

Infiltrates/PIVIES

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6%

Accidental dislodgment

purple dot

6%

Multiple stick attempts

orange dot

6%

Not sure

yellow dot

6%

Pumps going off

Infiltrates/PIVIES top the list of complications experienced at respondents’ hospitals.

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Thanks to the Society of Pediatric Nurses for hosting an engaging online conference. We’re looking forward to seeing our Pediatric Nurses in person (fingers crossed) in 2022! We’d love to talk to you at upcoming conferences. You can see where we’ll be next on the I.V. House Conferences schedule.