I.V. Dislodgement is an Important Healthcare Issue

85% of hospital patients receive an I.V.(1)  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 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 I.V.s) are used annually in the United States.  We estimate I.V. 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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  • 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 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.    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.