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Please Join us for a Dinner Symposium at APIC 2019


Improving Peripheral IV Success:
Reducing the Risk of Infection


Gregory J. Schears, MD

Pediatric Intensivist and Anesthesiologist,  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Lynn Hadaway, MED, RN-BC, CRNI®

President, Lynn Hadaway Associates Inc., Milner, GA



Philadelphia  Convention Center

Room 204AB



Wednesday, June 12, 2019



6:00 PM Buffet Dinner

6:30-8:00 PM Presentation




Short peripheral IV catheters (PIVC), the most prevalent type of vascular access device (VAD), have high failure rates. Reasons are primarily related to site choices, insertion technique, and inappropriate device care during dwell *.  Reasons are primarily related to site choices, insertion technique, and inappropriate device care during dwell. Additionally, insertion of PIVCs usually falls to clinicians with little or no formal education in this practice. To preserve peripheral veins, prevent unnecessary central VAD insertion, reduce risk of PIVC associated infections, decrease costs, and improve satisfaction of clinicians and patients, change is certainly needed. This interactive discussion will highlight the components of a comprehensive approach to improve these negative outcomes through education with competency assessment, pre-insertion assessment, and appropriate catheter management.


*Helm RE, Klausner JD, Klemperer JD, Flint LM, Huang E. Accepted but Unacceptable: Peripheral IV Catheter Failure. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 2015;38(3):189-203.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss risk factors associated with PIVCs
  2. Analyze factors for choosing the most appropriate peripheral venous site.
  3. Evaluate methods for assessing the venous structure.
  4. Formulate the plan of care for PIVC management to reduce risks of infections
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Continuing Education for Nurses:

This education activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours. Provider Saxe Healthcare Communications is approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032


Supported by B Braun through an unrestricted education grant to Saxe Healthcare Communications