Decreased vascular access complications: the positive impact webcast


Peripheral intravenous catheters are the most frequently placed invasive device in hospitals today, with an overall PIV failure rate of 35–50%. In order to succeed in having PIVs last the length of the treatment and achieve true clinically indicated removal, complications must be addressed and evidence‐based best practice standards applied. Obtaining longer PIV dwell times could positively affect patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, clinician efficiency and healthcare‐related costs.


This activity, for one contact hour, is provided by BD Medical Clinical Resource Services Department, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP 13136. This certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of four years.

If you are interested in receiving nursing credit for this program, please complete the evaluation form. You will be issued a CE certificate once your completed form is submitted.

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Learning objectives


Understand the cause and effect that peripheral intravenous device complications have on catheter dwell time.


Highlight the impact that longer PIV dwell times have on patient outcomes, clinician efficiency, and associated costs.


Recognize that by applying evidence-based best practice standards longer PIV dwell times are obtainable.


Be empowered to become a change agent in your organization to promote vascular access best practice.


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