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Millions of pediatric patients are given medication and fluids through intravenous (IV) therapy. Peripheral IVs (PIVs) are the most common invasive medical procedure performed in the U.S. every year.1 And yet, a recent study found that over 50% of the IVs for neonates admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) developed complications with 67% of those complications caused by infiltration .2

These young patients are particularly vulnerable to PIV complications, including infiltrations because of their small, fragile veins, their limited communication skills, and their tendency to be very active.2 In addition to the potential for harming them, every infiltration is a medication dosing and drug delivery error that can prolong hospital stays, increase health care expenses, or create significant legal risk and reputation damage for healthcare providers.

Prompt identification of infiltrations reduces the risk of injury to pediatric patients when they are undergoing peripheral IV therapy. A monitored peripheral IV is the new and next step for minimizing this potential for patient harm.

Because this type of device is able to continuously monitor the IV site, it gives clinicians a less intrusive alternative to central lines, and offers a significantly improved measure of security to a standard, unmonitored PIV.

1. Helm, R. E., Klausner, J.D., Klemperer, J.D., Flint, L.M., and Huang, E. (2015). “Accepted but Unacceptable: Peripheral IV Catheter Failure.” Journal of Infusion Nursing, 38(3), 189-203.

2. DOl:10.5301/jva.5000558

Millions of pediatric patients are given medication and fluids through intravenous (IV) therapy. Peripheral IVs (PIVs) are the most common invasive medical procedure performed in the U.S. every year.1 And yet, a study released in early 2017 indicated that up to 72% of peripheral IVs in pediatric patients failed as a result of infiltrations.2

These young patients are particularly vulnerable to PIV complications, including infiltrations because of their small, fragile veins, their limited communication skills, and their tendency to be very active.2 In addition to the potential for harming them, every infiltration is a medication dosing and drug delivery error that can prolong hospital stays, increase health care expenses, or create significant legal risk and reputation damage for healthcare providers.

Prompt identification of infiltrations reduces the risk of injury to pediatric patients when they are undergoing peripheral IV therapy. A monitored peripheral IV is the new and next step for minimizing this potential for patient harm.

Because this type of device is able to continuously monitor the IV site, it gives clinicians a less intrusive alternative to central lines, and offers a significantly improved measure of security to a standard, unmonitored PIV.

1. Helm, R. E., Klausner, J.D., Klemperer, J.D., Flint, L.M., and Huang, E. (2015). “Accepted but Unacceptable: Peripheral IV Catheter Failure.” Journal of Infusion Nursing, 38(3), 189-203.

2. DOl:10.1111/jocn.13730

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