Short Peripheral Catheter Infiltration: Minimizing Risks to Improve Outcomes

Recorded On: 02/13/2019

Commercial Support: ivWatch


Hospitalized patients receiving medications or fluids via short peripheral catheters (SPCs) are at risk for infiltration. Infiltration can increase patient length of stay, result in repeated vascular access procedures, increase costs by use of supplies and nursing time, lead to short-term and long-term patient harm, and decrease patient satisfaction. Early detection of infiltration can minimize risks by prompt intervention. Quality improvement projects have been directed toward staff education on SPC insertion, maintenance, assessment, and monitoring. This webinar will discuss current research and practice initiatives, as well as the benefits of emerging technology aimed at reducing infiltration.

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify risk factors associated with SPC infiltration
2. Describe the benefits of early and ongoing assessment to detect infiltration 

Gregory Schears, MD

Mayo Clinic

Gregory J. Schears, MD, is a pediatric intensivist and anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He has had a long-standing interest in reducing patient complications and improving the approach to vascular access. He is a consultant to the department of anesthesiology and the division of pediatric critical care medicine, the physician liaison to the nurse-led peripherally inserted central catheter team, and is also the comedical director of the cardiovascular pediatric surgical intensive care unit. An associate  professor of anesthesiology, Dr. Schears has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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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: February 13, 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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