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Up to 50% of first IV catheter stick attempts fail,1 and first attempt failure rate is up to 21% higher in patients with dark skin pigmentation2

  • Multiple insertion attempts can lead to treatment delays, increased risk of infection, and patient and staff dissatisfaction.1,3
  • First attempt failure complications are associated with patient demographics including skin color, age, and BMI.4
  • CDC data shows that 49.9% of non-Hispanic Black adults suffer from obesity,5 a condition that makes obtaining vascular access especially challenging.

AccuVein is equally beneficial to patients of all skin pigmentation

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“Every patient deserves the right to safe, equitable health care. All health care organizations have a responsibility to identify and address the disparities that their unique patient populations face.”

President and CEO – The Joint Commission

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PIVC placement is the most commonly-perfomed invasive procedure in medicine1 with up to 90% of patients receiving IV therapy during their hospital stay.6,7

Failed sticks result in a cascade of clinical and operational issues8-11,13-15

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Increased pain and stress

for patients and staff8

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54% increase in complications

when 2 or more puncture attempts are performed14

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Increased escalation calls

to other staff or central resources10

One in two catheters fail

to make it to 5 days or to the end of treatment7-9

Almost one quarter

of hospital acquired BSIs were in patients with PIVCs11

Up to 43% of PICCS are “non-essential”

and placed due to difficult or failed PIVC access in some care settings12,13

1. Helm RE, Klausner JD, Klemperer JD, Flint LM, Huang E. Accepted but unacceptable: peripheral IV catheter failure. J Infus Nurs.2015; 38(3):189-203
2. Kaddoum, R.N., Anghelescu, D. L., Parish, M. E., Wright, B. B., Trujillo, L., Wu, J., … & Burgoyne, L. L. (2012). A randomized controlled trial comparing the AccuVein AV300 device to standard insertion technique for intravenous cannulation of anesthetized children. Pediatric Anesthesia, 22(9), 884-889.
3. Haskins, R.J. and Selby,L. (2021) Reducing peripheral venous catheter infections. Contagion 6(5), available from:
4. Eren, H. (2021). Difficult Intravenous Access and Its Management. In (Ed.), Ultimate Guide to Outpatient Care. IntechOpen.
5. Stierman, B., Afful, J., Carroll, M. D., Chen, T. C., Davy, O., Fink, S., … & Akinbami, L. J. (2021). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2017–March 2020 Prepandemic Data Files Development of Files and Prevalence Estimates for Selected Health Outcomes. Available at: (Accessed: November 8, 2022)
6. Marsh N, Webster J, Ullman AJ, et al. Peripheral intravenous catheter non-infectious complications in adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Adv Nurs. 2020;76(12):3346-3362 doi:10.1111/jan.14565.
7. Alexandrou E, Ray-Barruel G, Carr PJ, et al. Use of Short Peripheral Intravenous Catheters: Characteristics, Management, and Outcomes Worldwide. J Hosp Med. 2018; 13(5): doi:10.12788/jhm.3039.
8. Cooke, M., Ullman, A. J., Ray-Barruel, G., Wallis, M., Corley, A., & Rickard, C. M. (2018). Not” just” an intravenous line: Consumer perspectives on peripheral intravenous cannulation (PIVC). An international cross-sectional survey of 25 countries. PloS one, 13(2), e0193436.
9. Sabri, A., Szalas, J., Holmes, K. S., Labib, L., & Mussivand, T. (2013). Failed attempts and improvement strategies in peripheral intravenous catheterization. Bio-medical materials and engineering, 23(1-2), 93-108.
10. Guillon, P., Makhloufi , M., Baillie, S., Roucoulet, C., Dolimier, E., & Masquelier, A. M. (2015). Prospective evaluation of venous access difficulty and a near‐infrared vein visualizer at four French haemophilia treatment centres. Haemophilia, 21(1), 21-26.
11. Stuart, R. L., Cameron, D. R., Scott, C., Kotsanas, D., Grayson, M. L., Korman, T. M., … & Johnson, P. D. (2013). Peripheral intravenous catheter‐associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: more than 5 years of prospective data from two tertiary health services. Medical Journal of Australia, 198(10), 551-553.
12. Reeves T, Morrison D, Altmiller G. A Nurse-Led Ultrasound-Enhanced Vascular Access Preservation Program. Am J Nurs. 2017 Dec;117(12):56-64. doi: 10.1097/01. NAJ.0000527490.24610.51. PMID: 29189249.
13. Govindan S, Snyder A, Flanders SA, Chopra V. Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters in the ICU: A Retrospective Study of Adult Medical Patients in 52 Hospitals. Crit Care Med. 2018 Dec;46(12):e1136-e1144. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003423. PMID: 30247241; PMCID: PMC6317857
14. Eisen LA, Narasimhan M, Berger JS, Mayo PH, Rosen MJ, Schneider RF. Mechanical complications of central venous catheters. J Intensive Care Med. 2006; 21(1):40–46.
15. Riley, L. and Schears, G.J. (2021) Failed peripheral intravenous catheter placement leads to inappropriate peripheral inserted central catheters use and patient harm: a retrospective database analysis [Poster presentation]. Association for Vascular Access 2021.

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