Vascular access management for peripheral IV care

We can reduce complications together

BD Vascular Access Management 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.

It's a new way to increase quality of care for the most invasive procedure. And it works.

Improved results through quality assurance initiatives

Reduced the overall complication rate from 62% to 30%UK1*
Improved catheter dwell from 2.4 days to 4.3 daysUF2*
Reduced number of catheters per patient from 2.7 to 1.6UF3*
Therapy 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

Economic impact

Peripheral IV complications also have a significant economic impact.

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

Financial impact calculator

Enter your catheter utilization in the calculator below to estimate the financial impact of IV complications in your facility:
Total catheter utilization
Complication rate 35%1
Average cost per IV insertion $281
Estimated financial impact $



What: The presence and growth of pathogenic microorganisms having a local or systemic effect

Risk factors include: Poor skin disinfection and blood beneath the transparent dressing.
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What: The inability to infuse fluids and/or medication through a previously functioning IV catheter

Risk factors include: Inserting a catheter in areas of flexion and inadequate flushing and locking practice.
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What: The inflammation of a vein, due to mechanical, chemical or bacterial irritation

Risk factors include: Inadequate catheter stabilization and big catheter in a small vein.
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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.
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Infiltration / Extravasation

What: The inadvertent leakage of fluid or medication into the surrounding tissue

Risk factors include: Subsequent catheters after first insertion and insufficient catheter length.
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Our comprehensive portfolio can help reduce the risk of major complications.

Skin prep

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

IV catheters

Our IV catheters leverage proprietary technologies and advanced features to help you optimize 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.

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

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