I.V. Dislodgement is an Important Healthcare Issue

90% of hospital patients receive an I.V.  After all, I.V.s are one of the most critical elements in delivering medical treatment.  One of the problems with I.V.s is that up to 36% of patients accidentally pull them out - clinically this is called dislodgement.(1,2)  Clinical studies estimate that over 200 million peripheral I.V.s and approximately 6 million PICC/Central Lines (more expensive and more complicated I.V.s) are used annually in the United States.  We estimate the issue of I.V. dislodgement to 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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  • Anxiety and stress of dealing with a dislodgement
  • Physical pain of I.V. dislodgement
  • Delay in treatment until I.V. line can be re-established
  • Physical pain of I.V. re-insertion
  • Potential I.V. complications
  • Potential for additional sedation to insert new I.V.
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Medical Professionals:

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


  • Expense of supplies and labor for peripheral I.V. 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

Lineus Medical Introduces the SafeBreak™ I.V.

Clinical Information

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


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

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

2.  A Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare the Complications of Two Peripheral I.V. Catheter Stabilization Systems, Dbausone-Gazda, et. al. 2009

3.  Resource utilization and cost of inserting peripheral intravenous catheters in hospitalized children.  Hospital Pediatrics. 2013 Jul; 3(3): 185-91, DA Goff., et al.