The Visual Infusion Phlebitis score is a standardised approach to monitoring peripheral IV catheter sites.
The fact that it encourages site observation means that it also has an impact on other peripheral IV catheter problems such as dislodgement, infiltration and infection.
The innovation of this tool is the recognition of the visual nature of peripheral IV problems and the subsequent benefits of a visual tool to identify these issues early.
As health care workers we have a duty of care to monitor the condition of a patients IV site.
Failure to monitor IV sites is seen as failure in duty of care.
The VIP score is internationally acknowledged as a proven standardised tool for the monitoring of peripheral IV catheter sites.