Assessment and care of intravenous lines

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Intravenous news: Lawsuits involving problematic intravenous lines are the third most common cause of medical malpractice litigation in the United States, so nurses who maintain IVs must take personal accountability when managing complications, says an internationally known expert in infusion therapies. 

Because most complications from peripheral IVs are considered preventable and thus indefensible to the courts, the best defense a nurse can present is vigilant assessment and care of intravenous lines, says Sue Masoorli, RN, founder and president of Philadelphia-based Perivascular Nurse Consultants.

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