Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions



The objective of the CNL project is to improve the quality of care provided to our patients. The project focuses efforts to reduce IV infiltrates by auditing all running IV lines, IV management monitoring and auditing infiltrate grading and documentation to find commonalities that could be causing infiltrates.

The project is focusing on the neonatal population at a children’s hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This NICU is an 80 bed unit that houses both critical care patients and intermediate care neonates.

Auditing was a major component to the project and helped with identifying common causes so changes could be made. Other methods that were used included staff education and training on proper infiltrate grading, documentation and IV management.

March’s data shows a total of 32 infiltrates including: twelve grade 1, five grade 2, fourteen grade 3 and one grade 1, showing that the infiltrate rate per 1000 patient days was 9.66 and our goal was 1.70 for grades 3 and 4. Off of this data the NICU is not meeting the goal of the 20% reduction from the baseline. Poster boards and the facility’s current policy on IV management were utilized for staff training and educational.

ReducingIVInfiltratesInTheNeonatalPopulationClinicalLeadershipTheme.docx (155 kB)
Reducing IV Infiltrates paper

Decreasing PIV Infiltrates-3.pptx (176 kB)
Decreasing IV Infiltrates poster