over 85% of hospitalized patients will receive some type of iv therapy. of the 180 million vascular access devices inserted, 118 million are peripheral iv catheters and 34 million are winged stainless-steel needles. that translates into about 150 million opportunities for nurses who are inserting them to become involved in litigation.
most lawsuits related to iv therapy involve infiltration or phlebitis, two complications juries tend to feel could have been prevented. let's look closely at these two areas of liability.