Date of Award

Fall 1988

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Hospitals are facing increased financial constraints due to the prospective payment system. This creates an environment focused on controlling the costs of hospitalizations, as well as, safely and effectively minimizing the length of stay (LOS). Intravenous (IV) complications result in increased costs and possibly increased hospitalizations. Dr. Dennis Maki (1985) estimated that 40 million hospitalized patients received some form of intravenous therapy in 1986. Standards of care have been established for intravenous nursing to ensure safe and effective patient care, thus minimizing IV complications. The costs and benefits of a hospital IV therapy team are identified and examined indicating that an IV therapy team can be cost-effective in health care delivery.

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