• Oct 17

    Patient Spotlight: Lisa Emrich’s Difficult IV Placements

    By Heather Michon | Nine times. That’s Lisa Emrich’s record for the number of attempted needle sticks to place an IV. In 2005, the freelance musician was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic condition where the body’s immune system eats away at the protective ... READ MORE »

  • Sep 19

    What Are Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs)?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Recent studies have shed more light on the risk that comes with hospitalization. In fact, hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) affect up to 10% of patients in the United States each year. According to the CDC, hospital-acquired infections cost the United States $20 ... READ MORE »

  • Sep 17

    What Do I Need to Know About PICC Lines?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Healthcare providers use IV therapy thousands of times each day to provide patients with fluids, medication, blood and drugs. While peripheral IVs are the most common type patient’s receive, doctors and nurses also use Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC Lines) to ... READ MORE »

  • Sep 12

    Is It Normal to Get a Bruise From an IV?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Most of us have experienced a bruise from bumping our leg on a table or getting hit with a ball on the shoulder. But have you ever gotten a bruise from an IV? For patients receiving IV therapy, bruising around their ... READ MORE »

  • Aug 31

    What Does It Mean If I Have Rolling Veins?

    By Heather Michon | Perhaps this has happened to you: you’re sitting there, patiently waiting for a nurse or technician to draw blood or start an IV, and they can’t quite hit the vein. They try again. And again. Then they explain that you have ... READ MORE »

  • Aug 20’s Parents IV Toolkit: A Must-Have When Your Child Has An IV

    By Sue Carrington | As a parent, seeing your child in a hospital or doctor’s office can be scary. If your child needs an intravenous (IV) line, there is help to take a more active role when it comes to their IV.’s Parents IV ... READ MORE »

  • Aug 20

    Help! I’m Afraid of IVs – What Should I Do?

    By Sue Carrington | If getting an IV scares you, you’re not alone! About one in every four Americans shares your fear. Here are six steps you can take to minimize being afraid of IVs and relax throughout the process. Talk with your medical team. ... READ MORE »

  • Aug 16

    A Short History of IV Therapy

    By Ryan MacArthur | IV therapy as we know it is barely a century old, but did you know that the practice of injecting fluids into a vein has been around since the 1600s? However, due to the lack of modern science and knowledge of ... READ MORE »

  • Aug 16

    What happens to your body during a stroke?

    By Heather Michon | Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. That’s around 800,000 people per year. Sadly, 20% are fatal and the majority of victims live with some level of permanent disability. What is a stroke, exactly? Our brains need a ... READ MORE »

  • Jul 16

    Is That Normal? Answers to Patients’ Most Common IV Questions

    By Heather Michon | Getting an intravenous (IV) infusion can be a scary process, and patients are often left with questions about how it works, if what they’re seeing is normal or if it’s something to worry about. Check out our answers to some of ... READ MORE »

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