What Are Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs)?

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...
What Do I Need to Know About PICC Lines?

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...
Is it normal to get a bruise from an IV?

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 IV site can be scary and...
What Does It Mean If I Have Rolling Veins?

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

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. Don’t keep...

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