• Jun 18

    Vein Pain: Why Does My IV Hurt?

    By Sue Carrington | It’s normal for some patients to experience brief discomfort during IV insertion and IV removal. But other than that, having an IV shouldn’t hurt. Let’s look at what’s considered normal, what isn’t, and when you should alert your medical team. What’s ... READ MORE »

  • Jun 18

    How Iron Infusions Can Help Patients with Anemia

    By Heather Michon | Iron is an essential mineral, and it’s the critical component in hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. What is anemia? If we don’t have adequate amounts of iron in our blood, we can’t produce ... READ MORE »

  • Jun 15

    What’s the Difference Between a Peripheral IV and a PICC Line?

    By Ryan MacArthur |  Intravenous (IV) therapy involves the delivery of medication, blood or fluids directly into the bloodstream. While Peripheral IVs are more common, doctors and nurses also use Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC lines) when a patient requires chemotherapy, medication, nutrients or fluids ... READ MORE »

  • May 22

    Why Does my IV Need a Saline Flush?

    By Sue Carrington |  If you’re in the hospital and receiving medication through an IV, you should expect your health care provider to use a saline flush before and after any medication is administered. What is a saline flush? The flush is a mixture of ... READ MORE »

  • May 22

    Infection and IVs: What All Patients Should Know

    By Heather Michon | Intravenous (IV) antibiotics are often an important line of treatment when it comes to serious infections. Although there are several different factors that can lead to an infection, in some cases the IV can actually be the cause, such as a Catheter-Related ... READ MORE »

  • May 14

    Are the Side Effects from IV Failure Reversible?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Intravenous (IV) failure is an unfortunate, yet common occurrence in healthcare. Even in the top hospitals in the world, the overall failure rate for IV therapy hovers between 35% – 50%. When an IV fails, there are a variety of complications ... READ MORE »

  • May 14

    5 Things Your IV Nurse Wants You to Know

    By: Heather Michon | Have you or a loved one ever had to get an IV? IVs can be used for a variety of treatments from dehydration to chemotherapy. While having an IV is a common procedure, there are still risks involved. Here are 5 ... READ MORE »

  • Apr 23

    IVs and Patients with Disabilities: Taking Special Care

    Being in the hospital is difficult for any of us. For the one in five Americans living with a physical or mental disability, it can be even more difficult. There are different types of disabilities – from vision and hearing loss to intellectual, developmental, mental ... READ MORE »

  • Apr 9

    7 Winning Strategies to Help a Child Through IV Insertion

    By Sue Carrington | Medical procedures are rarely easy. For children, they can be even more challenging since they can’t always communicate that something feels wrong. Your guidance as a parent can make all the difference when your child receives an IV. Here are seven ... READ MORE »

  • Apr 9

    Can I Get Nerve Damage From IV Failure?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Healthcare professionals around the world administer intravenous (IV) treatments to thousands of patients every day. While the process of inserting an IV is a fairly common procedure, there are several complications, particularly nerve damage, that can cause serious and long-lasting effects ... READ MORE »

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