IV Lines Fail at an Alarming Rate

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Between 60 and 90% of the time, a patient entering the hospital will receive an IV. For a medical intervention that was introduced over 70 years ago, it is amazing that peripheral IVs have a totally, miserable failure rate - 46%.(1) This is the average failure rate for peripheral IVs at major medical centers with dedicated IV teams conducting careful prospective, randomized studies. Which means, failure rates are probably worse at the average hospital.  And when an IV line fails, the patient faces the pain and stress of a new IV line placement.

There are many reasons that IVs fail:  irritation of the vein (phlebitis), infusion of medicine outside of the vein (infiltration), occlusion of the IV catheter, accidental removal of the IV catheter (dislodgement), infection and others. Often these IV complications  work in combination with each other, causing the IV line to be removed before the end of its intended use.

Many of the reasons for failure are related to harmful mechanical forces across the IV line, which are referred to as mechanical complications. Phlebitis, infiltration and dislodgement all have mechanical components that are due to harmful forces being delivered to the IV catheter by the IV line. With IV dislodgement, 100% of the failures are due to excessive force being applied to the IV line.  

The current strategy to protect IV lines is to secure them with tape, adhesives and other engineered securement devices. The thought is:  "Hang onto the IV line as long as you can." We had a different idea, "Let's create a controlled separation in the line when a harmful force is applied. And, let's make it easy for the nurse to get the IV going again - without a restick!" We think it is time to Start Saving Lines.

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Lineus Medical Mission Statement

We intend to remove the "pains" associated with medical lines.  We genuinely listen to practitioners and are developing cost-effective devices that relieve patients' pain, empower nurses and lower the overall cost of healthcare.

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1. Helm, R.E., et al., Accepted but Unacceptable:  Peripheral IV Catheter Failure. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2016; 38(3): 189-203.