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Jane
Is there a national benchmark or national average regarding phlebitis statistics?

I am a member of an IV therapy/PICC team. I tabulate our monthly phlebitis statistics.  Until recently, I thought there was a national benchmark to keep our phlebitis rates under 7-8%.  Our rates are at or below 1%; however, I'd like to have a measurable goal to compare our rates to the rest of the nation.

Cherokee people
INS Standards of Practice phlebitis rate should be 5% or less

According to the Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice the acceptable peripheral-short catheter phlebitis rate should be 5% or less in any given population. You can find this info on page S59-L. S59-M gives you the formula to use to calculate the phlebitis rate. Infusion Nurses society is a national nonprofit organization that sets standards in infusion therapy. I'm not quite sure if this answers your question but I hope it helps.

Jane
Thank you so much. This does

Thank you so much. This does answer my question.

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