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  • Jun 4

    IV Therapy in Athletics

    IV therapy is most commonly known as a fast, effective method of delivering fluids and medications to patients. But over the years, there has also been an increase in less-conventional use outside of hospitals such as vitamin infusions, hangover ‘cures’, and athletics.   Learn the main reason why ... READ MORE »

  • May 1

    What Every Patient Should Do Before, During & After Having An IV

    6 Ways to Prepare and Care for Your IV   Non-surgical medical procedures are used to diagnose, measure and/or treat problems such as injury, illness or disease. Intravenous (IV) therapy is one of these common procedures, especially in the hospital setting. Although they are generally not ... READ MORE »

  • Apr 8

    Paging the Vascular Access Team

    By Heather Michon |   In a perfect world, every IV would slide into place with no problem and stay in place until treatment is complete.   In the real world, veins can be tricky to access and IV placements hard to maintain. Not to mention the ... READ MORE »

  • Apr 5

    What is TPN and when is it administered to patients?

    By Ryan MacArthur | TPNtotal parenteral nutrition – is a method of feeding that completely bypasses the gastrointestinal tract. Total parenteral nutrition supplies all of a patient’s daily nutritional requirements through an IV. Healthcare providers administer a special formula via a central venous ... READ MORE »

  • Mar 19

    What Types of Medications Cause IV Infiltration?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Healthcare providers administer many different types of medications and fluids through an intravenous (IV) catheter, which delivers the solutions directly into the veins. But, according to current medical reports, about 50% of IVs fail, with over 20% of those failures due ... READ MORE »

  • Mar 18

    Why Do Patients Get IVs In Different Places?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Why do some patients have an IV placed in their arm while another may have an IV in the back of their hand? Healthcare providers can use several different access points on the body when administering IV therapy, and they decide ... READ MORE »

  • Mar 5

    When Can IV Failure Lead to Amputation?

    By Heather Michon | While some IV infiltrations and extravasations resolve within a few days or weeks, there are cases where the complications related to IV failure from infiltrations and extravasations are severe enough to require surgery or even amputation. What is Compartment Syndrome? Most ... READ MORE »

  • Feb 18

    Is Receiving Medication Through an IV More Effective?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Medical personnel often talk about IV therapy being “more effective” than oral medications. But what does this really mean for you as a patient? IV Therapy vs Oral Medications IV stands for “intravenous,” which means that the medication enters your body ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 31

    An Overview of IV Protocols in Infusion Nursing

    By Heather Michon | From the pointy end of the needle, infusion nursing may look like a relatively simple matter of just finding a vein and placing a needle in it. Fifty years ago, that may have been the case. But as the use of ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 17

    Can My IV ‘Run Dry’ When the Bag is Empty?

    By Ryan MacArthur | One of the most common questions people ask about IV therapy is ‘what happens when the bag of fluid is empty?’ Patients often worry if air can pump into their veins when there is no more fluid left. Once the IV ... READ MORE »

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