Short Peripheral Intravenous Access: A Risk/Benefit Analysis

Includes a Live Event on 05/08/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

As the most common procedure performed in the acute care setting, insertion of the short peripheral intravenous (IV) catheter is a basic nursing skill. It is, however, far from benign. There is a lack of standardized education and competency assessment in this foundational skill. In addition, a lack of validated assessment tools has hindered accurate evaluation of the patient harm caused by complications such as infiltration, extravasation, phlebitis, and infection. This presentation will provide an overview and respond to audience questions regarding the use of short peripheral IV access and its role in the current standard of practice, the potential complications that arise with use, and strategies to optimize outcomes in the management of short peripheral IV access.

Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of the webinar, the participant will be able to:
• Identify two complications of short peripheral catheter access that may cause patient harm
• Describe two evidence-based strategies to optimize outcomes in short peripheral catheter management

Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN

Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice

Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN, is a clinical nurse specialist at Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice, a part of Ascension Health at Home. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she has authored several books on infusion therapy, as well as more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. Ms. Gorski is chair of Infusion Nurses Society’s Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice Committee.

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content for this activity except for Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI who disclosed the following: 3M, BD, Genentech -- speaker honoraria, ivWatch - Advisory Board, Teleflex - Advisory Board, Legal consulting, and FA Davis - book royalties. Conflict of interest resolved.

Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, NP-C, CRNI®, CCRN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Barb Nickel, APRN-CNS, NP-C, CRNI®, CCRN, has extensive experience in the application of evidence-based guidelines relevant to infusion therapy practice. As a clinical nurse specialist, she is actively involved in infusion-related process improvement at the facility and statewide level, regarding topics such as CLABSI prevention, new graduate training, and smart pump drug library standardization. From 2011 to 2016, Ms. Nickel was a member, then chair/lead nurse-planner for INS’ National Council on Education. She was also a reviewer for both the 2011 and the 2016 Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice.

Disclosure: There is no conflict of interest for anyone with the ability to control content of the activity. No conflict of interest to report

CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: May 8, 2022

To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.


INS is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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