• Dec 18

    Seniors and IVs: Reducing the Risks

    By Sue Carrington | Recently, I shepherded my 92-year-old father through heart surgery at a leading medical center. He got through the surgery fine; the difficulties came before the operation. Dad’s care team struggled to find the best entry points for his IVs – and ... READ MORE »

  • Dec 18

    What Exactly Does an IV Infusion Pump Do?

    By Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: Infusion pumps are used to deliver fluids, nutrients or medication directly into a patient’s bloodstream while regulating the amount administered. Infusion pumps are able to provide calculated amounts of fluids, alert caregivers of obstructions in the catheter, and record ... READ MORE »

  • Dec 11

    IVs by the Numbers: How Much Are They Costing Us?

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: With America’s healthcare expenses reaching $3.2 trillion in 2015, monitoring healthcare costs has become a larger priority. The average cost of placing a short-term peripheral IV is about $45, which can more than double if it takes multiple attempts ... READ MORE »

  • Dec 11

    Blood Transfusions: What You Need to Know

    By: Heather Michon | Quick read: Blood transfusions are a common procedure performed when the body’s normal process for renewing blood is disrupted for any reason. Side effects like an allergic reaction or infection may occur, with more serious complications taking place if the blood ... READ MORE »

  • Dec 4

    Mom 101: Talking to Your Child About IVs

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: It’s important to explain to your child what an IV is and why they’re getting one before a procedure takes place. It can be helpful to give a step-by-step overview of what will happen, including what the doctor/nurse will ... READ MORE »

  • Dec 4

    Infiltration & Extravasation: Complications Related to Dosing Errors

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: Medication dosing errors are a harmful side effect of IV failure. If medication is leaking outside the vein, the patient isn’t receiving the full dose of the medication they need to get better. Leakage of vesicant drugs such as ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 28

    IVs: Fact vs. Fiction

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: IVs aren’t perfect and can fail like any other medical procedure. IV placement isn’t supposed to be painful, but it depends on the patient. After IV placement, the needle is removed, leaving just the cannula in the vein. There ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 27

    IV Red Flags: Learn When to Speak Up

    By: Heather Michon | Quick read: While your medical team will keep an eye on your IV for signs of complications, patients can take a more active role by knowing the IV red flags to look for. If you notice signs of puffiness, tenderness or ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 27

    Kidney Disease and IVs: Managing the Complications

    By Sue Carrington | Quick read: Kidneys serve multiple functions including waste removal, fluid balance, regulation of salts and minerals, and controlling blood pressure + red blood cell production. Kidney failure can lead to life-threatening complications such as chronic kidney disease or dehydration that IV ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 21

    Understanding Veins and Arteries: What’s the Difference?

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: The body has two types of blood vessels: veins and arteries. Arteries carry blood away from the heart to our cells. Veins carry blood to the heart from the rest of the body. IVs are placed in veins, not ... READ MORE »

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