A large free standing children’s academic hospital aimed to improve patient safety and outcomes by decreasing the overall severity of peripheral intravenous infiltration and extravasations (PIVIEs). A care bundle was developed by creating a PIVIE measurement tool within the electronic medical record (EMR) and integrating the tool into standardized daily practice for nurses. The care bundle included creating a team of clinical leaders consisting of empowered bedside nurses acting as mobilized resources embedded into each unit. The initiative resulted in a large scale increase in reported PIVIEs system-wide within 1 month of education dissemination to bedside RN staff. The QI interventions captured a realistic interpretation allowing for a more global and accurate reflection of the number and severity of PIVIE events system-wide, while creating documentation for the PIVIE tool in the EMR and a clinical leader model. The results reflected a dramatic rise in the number of reported PIVIE events, increase in staff awareness of PIVIEs, increased peripheral intravenous line assessments, and decreased severity of PIVIEs that do occur.
Weber, E., Castrillon, K., & Ramsey-Coleman, J. (2019). Peripheral Intravenous Infiltrates: Engaging Staff to Increase Reporting. Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety, 2 (1). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/uthoustonjqualsafe/vol2/iss1/6