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Blood Transfusions: What You Need to Know

By: Heather Michon | Quick read: Blood transfusions are a common procedure performed when the body’s normal process for renewing blood is disrupted for any reason. Side effects like an allergic reaction or infection may occur, with more serious complications taking...

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Infiltrated IV Complications of Nerve Damage and Cellulitis

By: Shira Goldenholz; Livestrong.com | Read the Original Livestrong.com Article Here. | An intravenous catheter, often shortened to IV, is commonly used to gain access to the circulatory system. It is often placed in one of the blood veins of the arm or hand, and once...

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Mom 101: Talking to Your Child About IVs

By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: It’s important to explain to your child what an IV is and why they’re getting one before a procedure takes place. It can be helpful to give a step-by-step overview of what will happen, including what the doctor/nurse will be doing and...

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IVs: Fact vs. Fiction

By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: IVs aren’t perfect and can fail like any other medical procedure. IV placement isn’t supposed to be painful, but it depends on the patient. After IV placement, the needle is removed, leaving just the cannula in the vein. There are...

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IV Red Flags: Learn When to Speak Up

By: Heather Michon | Quick read: While your medical team will keep an eye on your IV for signs of complications, patients can take a more active role by knowing the IV red flags to look for. If you notice signs of puffiness, tenderness or blanching, you should alert a...

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Kidney Disease and IVs: Managing the Complications

By Sue Carrington | Quick read: Kidneys serve multiple functions including waste removal, fluid balance, regulation of salts and minerals, and controlling blood pressure + red blood cell production. Kidney failure can lead to life-threatening complications such as...

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Chemotherapy: Types, uses, and adverse effects

By: Christian Nordqvist | Medical News Today Read the Original Medical News Today Article Here. Chemotherapy is a widely used treatment for cancer. It is the name commonly given to drugs that prevent cancer cells from dividing and growing by killing dividing cells. A...

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