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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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Patient Spotlight: Chuck Speaks Up About His PICC

Patient Spotlight: Chuck Speaks Up About His PICC

By Heather Michon | One summer evening in 2003, Chuck developed a high fever, sweats, and a major spike in blood pressure. For the 55-year old retired Army colonel, accustomed to an active lifestyle and overall good health, the episode was enough to send him to his...

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Is Receiving Medication Through an IV More Effective?

Is Receiving Medication Through an IV More Effective?

By Ryan MacArthur | Medical personnel often talk about IV therapy being “more effective” than oral medications. But what does this really mean for you as a patient? IV Therapy vs Oral Medications IV stands for “intravenous,” which means that the medication enters your...

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An Overview of IV Protocols in Infusion Nursing

An Overview of IV Protocols in Infusion Nursing

By Heather Michon | From the pointy end of the needle, infusion nursing may look like a relatively simple matter of just finding a vein and placing a needle in it. Fifty years ago, that may have been the case. But as the use of IVs and infusion nursing has become more...

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Can My IV ‘Run Dry’ When the Bag is Empty?

Can My IV ‘Run Dry’ When the Bag is Empty?

By Ryan MacArthur | One of the most common questions people ask about IV therapy is ‘what happens when the bag of fluid is empty?’ Patients often worry if air can pump into their veins when there is no more fluid left. Once the IV fluids are empty, what happens next...

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Do I Need An IV During Surgery?

Do I Need An IV During Surgery?

By Ryan MacArthur | Every year, millions of healthcare providers perform inpatient surgical procedures and intravenous (IV) therapy is one key to their success. Learn more about some of the reasons IV therapy may be utilized during surgery. Having an IV During Surgery...

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Blood

Everything You Need to Know About Your Blood

By Ryan MacArthur | Blood is something our bodies can’t live without, but how much do you really know about it? Find out what makes up your blood, the various blood types, and how IV therapy can help with blood disorders. What is blood made of? Although at first...

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Controversial Ketamine Infusions: Worth the Risk?

Controversial Ketamine Infusions: Worth the Risk?

By Ryan MacArthur | Depression is one of the most common serious mood disorders affecting Americans today. The symptoms, having a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, can cause severe issues with how a person thinks, feels or handles daily...

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How Raising IV Awareness Can Minimize Patient Harm

How Raising IV Awareness Can Minimize Patient Harm

By Heather Michon | Have you ever had a slow leak in a tire? Or in a garden hose? If so, you know that a tiny little puncture can lead to big problems if it goes unaddressed. The same goes for IV infiltrations. An infiltration occurs when IV fluids leak outside of the...

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IV Therapy in Ambulances

IV Therapy in Ambulances

By Ryan MacArthur | It can be difficult enough to insert and monitor a patient’s IV in the hospital, but doing so in the back of a moving ambulance comes with an additional set of challenges. Learn more about the obstacles of IV therapy in ambulances, including IV...

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