The Cost of Failed IVs In Long Term Care
In long term care centers many of the common conditions that result in hospital readmission can be treated with IV therapy. Access to veins can therefore mean the difference between sending a resident back to the hospital and keeping him in the facility. And sending residents back to the hospital has negative implications for facilities, for the hospitals and for patients.
- Intravenous therapy may not begin promptly;
- Residents may bruise or require additional healing time when stuck multiple times;
- Outside assistance to access a difficult vein may be needed, creating additional expenses and delays;
- Stress may increase for both residents and nursing staff;
- Resident may ultimately need to be sent back to the hospital, resulting in empty beds.