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How to Talk to Your Health Professional About Your IV

How to Talk to Your Health Professional About Your IV

It's time to start the IV conversation. If you know you’re likely to receive an intravenous line (IV), it's time to start the conversation with your health professional about your IV. There are some simple questions you can ask before, during, and after IV infusion...

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Home Infusion Care: Weighing the Options

Home Infusion Care: Weighing the Options

By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: While most patients receive IV treatments in a hospital or medical center, some may need IV treatments to be administered at home. In this case, a nurse would come provide the treatment and monitor the patient. Like all IV treatments,...

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Diabetes & IVs: Controlling Your Blood Sugar in the Hospital

Diabetes & IVs: Controlling Your Blood Sugar in the Hospital

By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: Diabetes occurs when the body’s blood sugar levels are above normal. Type 1 is due to the body’s inability to make insulin. Type 2 occurs from the body not responding to the effect of insulin. Managing blood sugar levels can become...

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Your IV Failed, So Now What?

Your IV Failed, So Now What?

By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: IVs are the most routine invasive hospital procedure, with an overall failure rate of ~50%. Types of IV failure include: phlebitis, dislodgement and infiltration. Phlebitis:  inflammation from IV placement. Dislodgement: any...

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IV Overview: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

IV Overview: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: IV placement is routine, yet brings potential complications. There are benefits and risks of each type of IV therapy. Peripheral IVs are common, but infiltrations may occur. Central Lines can be placed long-term, but CLABSI is a...

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CLABSIs: Watching the Line

CLABSIs: Watching the Line

By: Sue Carrington | Quick read: Patients in long-term care may receive a central line, an IV that can be placed for up to several months.* Patients should be aware of associated risks for central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). CLABSIs occur when...

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Complications of Peripheral I.V. Therapy

Complications of Peripheral I.V. Therapy

Lippincott Nursing Center; Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | Original Lippincott Nursing Center Article Here. | If you are administering I.V. fluids or medications to a patient through a peripheral I.V. site, be alert for signs and symptoms of complications, institute...

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Anatomy of an IV

Anatomy of an IV

By: Heather Michon | Quick read: A peripheral IV is made up of several different parts. The catheter comes in different sizes and is placed in the vein. An injection port is used to push medications directly into the bloodstream. A length of tubing connects the...

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Child’s IV Care

Everything You Need to Know About Your Child’s IV Care

About Kids Health | Original About Kids Health Article Here. | Intravenous (IV) catheters, also known as “IV lines,” can be an important part of your child’s care. Keeping your child safe when they require an IV line is important to everyone at SickKids, and a child’s...

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