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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Vascular Access Teamwork spreads to other pediatric hospitals

Read the Original Cincinnati Children’s Article Here. For the last five years, Cincinnati Children’s Vascular Access Team has been working to eliminate preventable harm related to peripheral intravenous infusions (PIV). Now, the team is sharing its experiences with other pediatric hospitals. “Lurie Children’s is the first major pediatric institution to implement our prevention work, including the […]

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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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Children’s Health Joins Forces with Toyota to Improve Patient Safety and Quality of Care

Markets Insider Read the Original Press Release Here. Through a collaboration with Toyota, Children’s HealthSM, the leading pediatric health system in North Texas, announced today it has successfully reduced rates of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) by 75 percent with patients in the gastroenterology unit. Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC) and Children’s Health […]

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How can we overcome needle phobia?

Read the Original Veinplicity Article Here. | Consider two of the most frequently heard phrases in healthcare: “I’m going to draw a little blood” and “Let’s start your IV therapy.” They’re spoken by nurses every day, in every language. But for many patients, they signal an experience that can range from stressful to downright terrifying. “It’s […]

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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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