IV Dislodgement is an Important Healthcare Issue

85% of hospital patients receive an IV.(1)  After all, IVs are one of the most critical elements in delivering medical treatment.  One of the problems with IVs is that up to 36% of patients accidentally or intentionally pull them out - clinically this is called dislodgement.(2)  Clinical studies estimate that over 200 million peripheral I.V.s and approximately 6 million PICC/Central Lines (more expensive and more complicated IVs) are used annually in the United States.  We estimate IV dislodgements cost the U.S. healthcare system almost $1B dollars a year.

When an I.V. dislodges, the impact is enormous and begins a cascade of events:

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Patients:

  • Anxiety and stress of dealing with a dislodgement
  • Physical pain of IV dislodgement
  • Delay in treatment until IV line can be re-established
  • Physical pain of IV re-insertion
  • Potential IV complications
  • Potential for additional sedation to insert new IV
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Medical Professionals:

  • Anxiety and stress of dealing with a dislodgement
  • Determine whether IV fluids or medications need reordering
  • Average time of 20 minutes to re-establish IV access (3)
  • Hospital room clean-up
  • Treating potential IV complications
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Hospitals:

  • Expense of supplies and labor for peripheral IV line insertion can range from $41 to over $125 (3)
  • Decreased patient satisfaction
  • Employees performing non-value added work
  • Dealing with potential infection and safety issues

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Clinical Information

Learn more about vascular access, IV dislodgement and what clinical studies are teaching us about this important part of medicine.

Products

The current standard of care is to apply a securement device (tape or other more advanced devices) to prevent IV dislodgement.  We developed a device that safely breaks the IV line in two so that the patient's IV is protected and stays in place.


1.    Dychter SS, et al.  Intravenous Therapy:  A review of complications and economic considerations of peripheral access.  Journal of Infusion Nursing, March/April 2012; 35(2): 84-91.

2.  Jackson, A.  British Journal of Nursing, 2012 (Intravenous Supplement), Vol 21, No 2.