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 of substances come into contact with […]

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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 burning at the IV site. Full story: Phlebitis is the […]

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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 adverse effects from them in the past. Full story: Almost […]

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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 used for longer-term IV therapy or treatment. Full story: For […]

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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 guidance on preparing for medical emergencies during natural disasters. Full […]

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