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What Exactly Does an IV Infusion Pump Do?

What Exactly Does an IV Infusion Pump Do?

By Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: Infusion pumps are used to deliver fluids, nutrients or medication directly into a patient’s bloodstream while regulating the amount administered. Infusion pumps are able to provide calculated amounts of fluids, alert caregivers of...

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IVs by the Numbers: How Much Are They Costing Us?

IVs by the Numbers: How Much Are They Costing Us?

By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: With America’s healthcare expenses reaching $3.2 trillion in 2015, monitoring healthcare costs has become a larger priority. The average cost of placing a short-term peripheral IV is about $45, which can more than double if it takes...

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Blood Transfusions: What You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

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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