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