#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Woody, G. and Davis, B.A. (2013) Increasing Nurse Competence in Peripheral Intravenous Therapy. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 36(6), p.413–419.
Infiltration and phlebitis are common complications associated with peripherally inserted vascular (PIV) therapy. This performance improvement plan included a pretest, a competency-based training module, and a posttest to determine whether nursing knowledge of infiltration and phlebitis improved. The postintervention data revealed a 50% reduction in infiltration and phlebitis. Annual education requirements combined with competency skills for assessing PIV catheter sites will provide nursing staff with the knowledge and tools to change current practice.