Background: Peripheral intravenous (PIV) line placement is a time-consuming procedure performed on the majority of general pediatric inpatients, with significant discomfort to patients.
Objective: To determine parameters of pediatric PIV placement, including success rates, time to success, and factors associated with success.
Design: Prospective study involving direct observation of PIV placement by trained research staff.
Setting: General inpatient wards at 2 medium-sized pediatric hospitals.
Patients: Hospitalized children younger than 19 years.
Results: Successful placement was achieved in 95.8% (567/592) cases with a median time of 9 minutes. Children younger than 2 years were less likely to have success on the first attempt (38.9% vs 53.5%) and have longer time to success (11 minutes).
Conclusions: Children younger than 2 years experienced lower first-attempt successful PIV placement and took longer. The overall success rate was similar to prior reports; these data are the first to show differential PIV success by patient age.