• Feb 16

    Blood Clots and IVs: How to Prepare

    By Heather Michon | Quick read: When we have a cut or other trauma, our platelets clump together to slow/stop the bleeding. But sometimes our platelets clump together when an injury didn’t occur, forming a blood clot. Blood clots can dissolve on their own, but ... READ MORE »

  • Feb 14

    What is an IV Port?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Patients who require frequent chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions, antibiotics, intravenous feedings or need to have their blood regularly drawn are prime candidates to receive a port catheter (port for short). An IV port is an IV catheter that healthcare providers place ... READ MORE »

  • Feb 5

    How Can I Check for Proper IV Insertion?

    By Heather Michon | Quick read: It can be hard to tell what your IV is supposed to feel like, especially if you haven’t received one before. After your IV has been placed, you shouldn’t feel much of anything at all. Pain or redness around ... READ MORE »

  • Feb 5

    IV Dislodgement

    By Ryan MacArthur | IV dislodgement is one of the key contributors towards IV failure along with phlebitis, infiltration and extravasation. It’s also one of the most preventable forms of IV failure. Here is how IV dislodgement occurs, complications that can arise and ways to ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 29

    IVs and Chemotherapy: Knowing What to Expect

    By Sue Carrington | Each year, an estimated 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer – the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. If you’re starting cancer treatment,  IV therapy will likely be a part of the process. IVs are used to deliver ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 29

    The History of the IV Catheter

    By Heather Michon | A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that can be inserted into a body cavity to deliver or remove fluids. In intravenous infusions, the IV catheter a small tube is threaded into a vein using a needle as a guide. The ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 29

    Explaining Hematomas

    By Ryan MacArthur | At its most basic, a hematoma is a collection of blood that sits outside a blood vessel. During IV treatment, hematomas can occur when blood leaks from the vessel into the surrounding soft tissue. Hematomas are typically the result of the ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 17

    It’s Time to Talk About a Dangerous IV Complication: Extravasation

    By Ryan MacArthur | Extravasations are a dangerous complication of IV failure that has the potential to cause serious harm to patients. An extravasation is the result of an accidental leaking of a vesicant or chemotherapy drug into the tissue surrounding the IV site. If either of these types ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 15

    Air Embolisms and How to Prevent Them

    By Heather Michon Quick read: When air accidentally enters veins/arteries, it can create an air embolism. Some are relatively harmless; the risk is when a lot of air enters a vein/artery and travels to the brain, heart or lungs. The lack of blood flow can ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 15

    Phlebitis 101

    Quick read: Phlebitis usually occurs from trauma to the vein, resulting in inflammation. Over 200,000 U.S. cases are reported each year, making it a common IV complication. There are three main causes: mechanical, chemical and infectious. Common symptoms include redness, warmth, tenderness, tightness, throbbing or ... READ MORE »

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