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​More than 300 Medically Unnecessary PICC Lines Avoided

Final results of a year-long quality improvement study were announced at the annual scientific meeting of the AVA (Association for Vascular Access), September 9, 2014 in National Harbor, MD. The study, conducted at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Kentucky, was meant to research technologies available to improve peripheral IV access rates.

The IV therapy team at St. Elizabeth was trained in the use of VeinViewer technology. A baseline of PICC lines placed was recorded in 2012 and compared to the number of PICC lines placed in 2013 after VeinViewer was implemented.

Additionally, the literature also showed that first-hour failure rates were between 8% and 13%. This increased to over 45% within the first 24 hours and, finally, only 19% of catheters placed actually survived more than 72 hours.

The study focused on an adult, renal-compromised population and findings were significant. St. Elizabeth saw a more than 20% decrease in the number of medically unnecessary PICC lines placed in 2013 compared to 2012. Based on national averages a similar reduction in PICC lines would equate to a cost savings of more than $238,000.

AVA 2014 attendees can access Patti Wilcox’s presentation here. Browse speakers by name.

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Over a dozen studies show the positive impact of VeinViewer, including up to 100% increase in first-stick success and patient satisfaction and greater than 30% reduction in medically unnecessary PICCs.​