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Short Peripheral Catheter Quality and Economics

The Intravenous Quotient

Jones, Randall K., MD

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000303

Peripheral intravenous therapy is an established therapy with known complications and failures. The burden of the cost of unsuccessful short peripheral catheter (SPC) placement and maintenance is not always clearly identified. This often-obscured cost of poor quality needs to be defined and addressed. The scope of the problem is defined here, and a metric that can be applied to measure the magnitude of the problem and identify targets for focused improvement initiatives that would improve the quality of infusion therapy using SPCs is proposed.

BD Medical, Sandy, Utah.

Randall K. Jones, MD, is worldwide medical director of infusion therapy at BD Medical in Sandy, Utah. Before joining BD Medical, he was a practicing general/vascular surgeon for 23 years and a chief medical officer/medical director for various medical device companies for 13 years.

Corresponding Author: Randall K. Jones, MD, BD Medical, 9450 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070 (

The author has no affiliations with or involvement in any organizations or entities with a financial interest beyond his full-time employment at BD Medical Inc.

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