Vascular Access Management, a comprehensive solution for your peripheral IV care

Reduces the risk of complications to advance the quality of vascular access care, the most invasive procedure

A New Approach

Vascular Access Management (VAM)

BD Vascular Access Management (VAM) is a uniquely integrated approach to vascular access care that combines clinical practice assessments, a comprehensive portfolio of products, and expert clinical training and education. When they all work together, we can drive better outcomes.

Driving better outcomes

Improved results through quality assurance initiatives

Reducing complications

Reduced the overall complication rate from 62% to 30%. UK1

Reducing number of catheters

Reducing number of catheters per patient from 2.7 to 1.6. UF3

Improving catheter dwell times

Improving catheter dwell time from 2.4 days to 4.3 days. UF2

Therapy complications

Therapy complications completed with initial IV from 38% to 61%.* UK4

Results based on quality assurance initiatives (2016: UK1 and UK4 UF2 and UF3)

* Percentage not completed with initial IV


There are several different types of Peripheral IV complications


What: The presence and growth of pathogenic micro-organisms having a local or systemic effect

Risk factors include: Poor skin disinfection and blood beneath the transparent dressing.


What: The inflamation of a vein, due to mechanical, chemical or baterial irritation

Risk factors include: Inadequate catheter stabilisation and big catheter in a small vein.


What: The inability to infuse fluids and/or medication through a previously functioning catheter

Risk factors include: Inserting a catheter in areas of flexion and inadequate flushing and locking practice.


What: The unintentional removal of a catheter from the vein, or completely out of the skin

Risk factors include: IV catheter or attached tubing catches on something during patient movement.

Peripheral IV complications have a significant economic impact.

Peripheral IV complications range from 35-50% and the average cost of catheter placements is $28-$35.1

1 Helm RE, Klausner JD, Klemperer JD, et al. Accepted but unacceptable: peripheral IV catheter failure. J Infus Nurs. 2015:38(3):189-203.

Existing scenario

Financial Impact

Shown below is the financial impact as per the US study referenced.

Total Catheter Utilizations


Complication Rate


Average Cost Per IV Insertion


Estimated Financial Impact

The Solution

Our comprehensive portfolio can help reduce the risk of major complications.

Skin Preparation

ChloraPrep™ patient preoperative skin preparation helps reduce bacteria on the skin that can cause infection.

IV Catheters

Our IV catheters leverage proprietary technologies and advanced features to help you optimise patient care and improve clinical outcomes.

Needle-free connectors

BD connectors feature the MaxPlus™ clear needle-free connector, the only needle-free connector with an on-label CLABSI reduction statement.

Pre-filled flush syringes

BD PosiFlush™ family of pre-filled flush syringes provides dependable, cost effective alternatives to vial-based flushing systems.

Please note, not all products, services or features of products and services may be available in your local area. Please check with your local BD representative.

  1. Helm RE, Klausner JD, Klemperer JD, et al. Accepted but unacceptable: peripheral IV catheter failure. J Infus Nurs. 2015:38(3):189-203.