Paging the Vascular Access Team

Paging the Vascular Access Team

By Heather Michon |   In a perfect world, every IV would slide into place with no problem and stay in place until treatment is complete.   In the real world, veins can be tricky to access and IV placements hard to maintain. Not to mention the...
What Types of Medications Cause IV Infiltration?

What Types of Medications Cause IV Infiltration?

By Ryan MacArthur | Healthcare providers administer many different types of medications and fluids through an intravenous (IV) catheter, which delivers the solutions directly into the veins. But, according to current medical reports, about 50% of IVs fail, with over...
Why Do Patients Get IVs In Different Places?

Why Do Patients Get IVs In Different Places?

By Ryan MacArthur | Why do some patients have an IV placed in their arm while another may have an IV in the back of their hand? Healthcare providers can use several different access points on the body when administering IV therapy, and they decide which option is best...
When Can IV Failure Lead to Amputation?

When Can IV Failure Lead to Amputation?

By Heather Michon | While some IV infiltrations and extravasations resolve within a few days or weeks, there are cases where the complications related to IV failure from infiltrations and extravasations are severe enough to require surgery or even amputation. What is...

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