Phlebitis - Straight from the Standards

Recorded On: 11/17/2021

Phlebitis is often a significant complication of vascular access and infusion therapy. This inflammatory process of the vein may be accompanied by pain and tenderness, erythema, edema, purulence, and palpable venous cord. Clinicians must be able to assess for and identify signs and symptoms of phlebitis and take appropriate measures to mitigate complications. In this webinar, attendees will learn about the pathology of phlebitis and the inherent risks for this complication and gain an understanding of how this is addressed in the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice and current literature.

 Learning objectives:  At the conclusion of this presentation, learners will be able to:

A.  Define phlebitis and its varying etiologies (chemical, mechanical, infectious, or post-infusion)

B.  Recognize the signs and symptoms of phlebitis and rate it using a standard scale or definition

C.  Review current literature surrounding phlebitis

D.  Discuss data collection and quality improvement strategies for phlebitis 

​Michelle DeVries, BS, MPH, CIC, VA-BC

Senior Infection Control Officer

Methodist Hospitals

Michelle DeVries has been involved in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology for over 25 years, with a career spanning community, university, and federal health care systems. With a background in hospital and molecular epidemiology, her focus has been at the intersection of vascular access, patient safety, and infection prevention. She was a reviewer for the 2016 and 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, wrote the chapter “Prevention of Intravascular Device-Associated Infections” for the International Federation of Infection Control’s Basic Concepts of Infection Control textbook, contributed two chapters to the Vessel Health and Preservation textbook, and has peer-reviewed for numerous publications. She is a former director with Vascular Access Certification Corporation Board, is currently on her local as well as national AVA Board, and is an adjunct research fellow with AVATAR.

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: November 17, 2024

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

The Infusion Nurses Society is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #CEP14209. The certificate must be retained by the attendee for a period of 4 years.

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