• Oct 24

    Anatomy of an IV

    By: Heather Michon | Quick read: A peripheral IV is made up of several different parts. The catheter comes in different sizes and is placed in the vein. An injection port is used to push medications directly into the bloodstream. A length of tubing connects ... READ MORE »

  • Oct 16

    Getting an IV: 7 Tips for Staying Comfortable

    By: Sue Carrington  | Quick read: Despite being a common procedure, getting an IV can still be a challenging experience for some patients. To make your experience more comfortable, be sure to hydrate, relax and be still. Always be sure to communicate with your care ... READ MORE »

  • Oct 12

    Understanding IV Fluids: What’s in the Bag?

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: IVs deliver various fluids from a bag through a tube placed in the body including saline, D5W and electrolytes. Saline is most common, a mixture of water and salt – similar to what’s naturally in your body. D5W, a ... READ MORE »

  • Sep 25

    IV 101: Learn the Basics About IV Therapy

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: 80% of U.S. hospital patients receive an IV. IVs were first used to treat dehydration, a common usage still today. The main types are peripheral IVs, central lines and midline catheters. Like any procedure, there are complications to look ... READ MORE »

  • Sep 25

    Infusing Health: The Most Common IV Infusion Procedures

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: Intravenous (IV) infusions are a common way to absorb medicine, fluid and nutrients into your system quickly. A thin plastic tube called a catheter is placed in the vein and connects to an IV bag containing fluids. The most ... READ MORE »

  • Sep 25

    The 3 Different Types of IVs

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: Medication, fluid or blood can be delivered into the bloodstream using three different types of IVs: peripheral IVs, central lines or midline catheters. Peripheral IVs are most common, placed short term. Central Lines are typically used for long-term treatments. ... READ MORE »

  • Sep 25

    Common IV Complications: What Can Go Wrong?

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: While IVs are common, they’re not without risks. Common IV complications include infiltrations, extravasations, hematomas, phlebitis and air embolisms. Infiltrations, extravasations and hematomas occur when fluid leaks into the surrounding tissue. Phlebitis refers to inflammation, or swelling, of the ... READ MORE »

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