Mechanical Complications Are The Reason Most IVs Fail 

IV lines fail at a miserable rate.  The clinical literature tells us that they fail 46% of the time before the end of their intended use.  What is causing these failures?  The main causes are Mechanical. 

Four Types of IV Mechanical Failures

Dislodgement – Damaging forces on the IV line cause the catheter to pull out completely

Infiltration – IV fluids or medications leak into surrounding tissue. 

Occlusion – A blockage or obstruction of the flow of IV fluids or medications

Phlebitis – Inflammation of the vein