Summary of product trials for 10, 164 patients: comparing an intravenous stabilizing device to tape

J Infus Nurs. 2006 Jul-Aug;29(4):225-31. doi: 10.1097/00129804-200607000-00009.


Inadequate catheter securement is an underrecognized patient safety issue that contributes significantly to catheter-related complications, including dislodgment, occlusion, infiltration, and infection. Pooled data from prospective product trials at 83 hospitals compared tape to a standard peripheral intravenous (PIV) securement method with a PIV-specific catheter-stabilizing device (StatLock). A 67% reduction (P<.001) in total patient complications was observed in the stabilizing device group, as compared with the tape group. Also, the need for unscheduled PIV restarts was reduced by 76% with the stabilizing device (P<.001). An annual cost savings of $18,000 per hospital on PIV materials and a combined savings of $277,000 on materials, complication costs, and nursing time were estimated on the basis of these reduced complications. Newer catheter-stabilizing technologies can help to reduce patient complications, for an overall cost savings, and consequently reduce needlestick exposures for healthcare providers by reducing restarts and prolonging dwell times.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control
  • Adhesives / economics
  • Adhesives / standards*
  • Bandages
  • Benchmarking / organization & administration
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / economics
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / instrumentation*
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / nursing
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / adverse effects
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / economics
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / instrumentation*
  • Catheterization, Peripheral / nursing
  • Catheters, Indwelling* / adverse effects
  • Clinical Nursing Research
  • Cost Savings
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure
  • Humans
  • Materials Testing
  • Needlestick Injuries / etiology
  • Needlestick Injuries / prevention & control
  • Phlebitis / epidemiology
  • Phlebitis / etiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Safety Management
  • Time and Motion Studies
  • Workload


  • Adhesives