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  • Nov 21

    Are Certain Patients at a Higher Risk of IV Failure?

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: The current IV failure rate reaches up to 50%, meaning a significant number of patients will experience some type of IV failure. Factors like age, nutrition, medical history and body size may play a role in the likelihood of ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 16

    Arthritis: Attacking the pain with IV therapy

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: Arthritis is an autoimmune disease affecting one in every five Americans. Most common symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, fatigue, limited movement, and reduced quality of life. There are three main types: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Although there ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 16

    An Overview of IV Vitamin Therapy

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: While some use IV vitamin therapy as a modern ‘cure’ for various ailments, the treatment is highly controversial in the medical field. Those who believe in its effectiveness claim it supplements a poor diet, increases energy, enhances the immune ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 7

    Frequently Asked IV Questions

    Your most frequently asked IV questions, answered. Download the PDF “How does IV therapy work?” Intravenous (IV) therapy is the delivery of fluids, blood, or medication directly into a patient’s system through the veins. The main advantage of IV treatments is the ability to quickly ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 7

    How to Talk to Your Health Professional About Your IV

    It’s time to start the IV conversation. If you know you’re likely to receive an intravenous line (IV), it’s time to start the conversation with your health professional about your IV. There are some simple questions you can ask before, during, and after IV infusion ... READ MORE »

  • Nov 6

    Home Infusion Care: Weighing the Options

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: While most patients receive IV treatments in a hospital or medical center, some may need IV treatments to be administered at home. In this case, a nurse would come provide the treatment and monitor the patient. Like all IV ... READ MORE »

  • Oct 30

    Diabetes & IVs: Controlling Your Blood Sugar in the Hospital

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: Diabetes occurs when the body’s blood sugar levels are above normal. Type 1 is due to the body’s inability to make insulin. Type 2 occurs from the body not responding to the effect of insulin. Managing blood sugar levels ... READ MORE »

  • Oct 30

    Your IV Failed, So Now What?

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: IVs are the most routine invasive hospital procedure, with an overall failure rate of ~50%. Types of IV failure include: phlebitis, dislodgement and infiltration. Phlebitis:  inflammation from IV placement. Dislodgement: any unintentional removal of the IV. Infiltration: leaking of ... READ MORE »

  • Oct 26

    IV Overview: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: IV placement is routine, yet brings potential complications. There are benefits and risks of each type of IV therapy. Peripheral IVs are common, but infiltrations may occur. Central Lines can be placed long-term, but CLABSI is a concern. Midlines ... READ MORE »

  • Oct 24

    CLABSIs: Watching the Line

    By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: Patients in long-term care may receive a central line, an IV that can be placed for up to several months.* Patients should be aware of associated risks for central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). CLABSIs occur when bacteria or ... READ MORE »

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