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  • 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, this 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 »

  • Jan 8

    IV Infiltration

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: A common complication of IV therapy is IV infiltration, when fluid leaks out of the vein into surrounding soft tissue. This form of IV failure can be caused in a few different ways. Common symptoms include inflammation, tightness or ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 8

    How to Prevent Negative Medication Interactions

    By: Heather Michon | Quick read: With more Americans taking multiple prescription drugs, it’s important to keep in mind the potential risks for negative interactions of different medications. Always be sure to let your medical team know what medications you’re on and if you’ve experienced ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 3

    The Difference Between Central Lines and PICC Lines: What All Patients Should Know

    By Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: There are several types of vascular access devices, including a peripheral IV, central line, or peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). Peripheral IVs are sometimes referred to as the “standard line,” while central lines or PICC lines are more frequently ... READ MORE »

  • Jan 3

    Natural Disasters and IVs: What You Need to Know to Prepare

    By: Heather Michon | Quick read: Since about half of modern IVs run using electric pumps, it’s important to prepare a backup plan in the wake of natural disasters. Patients who use medical devices like IVs in their home are encouraged to use the FDA’s ... READ MORE »

  • Dec 26

    What is Necrosis?

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read:  Necrosis is one of the most dangerous complications that can come from IV therapy. It occurs when the body’s cells die, releasing a chemical substance that also kills the surrounding cells. This cycle can begin when IV failure results ... READ MORE »

  • Dec 26

    IVs and Pregnancy: Can it Harm My Baby?

    By Heather Michon | Intravenous (IV) therapies are a common part of modern pregnancy, but as with everything you put in your body during those nine months, you may wonder: Will an IV harm my baby? The best evidence seems to be no, an IV ... READ MORE »

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