Introduction

Introduction

The Visual Infusion Phlebitis score is a very popular tool for monitoring infusion sites. It is the tool recommended by the RCN for monitoring infusion sites. In 2006 Paulette Gallant and Alyce Schultz completed an evaluation of the VIP score as a tool that determines the appropriate discontinuation of peripheral intravenous catheters. The authors state that “The VIP scale, as evaluated in this study, was considered to be a valid and reliable measure for determining when a PIV catheter should be removed” Gallant and Schultz (2006).