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Patient Spotlight: Lisa Emrich’s Difficult IV Placements

By Heather Michon | Nine times. That’s Lisa Emrich’s record for the number of attempted needle sticks to place an IV. In 2005, the freelance musician was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic condition where the body’s immune system eats away at the...

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What Are Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs)?

By Ryan MacArthur | Recent studies have shed more light on the risk that comes with hospitalization. In fact, hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) affect up to 10% of patients in the United States each year. According to the CDC, hospital-acquired infections cost the...

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What Do I Need to Know About PICC Lines?

By Ryan MacArthur | Healthcare providers use IV therapy thousands of times each day to provide patients with fluids, medication, blood and drugs. While peripheral IVs are the most common type patient’s receive, doctors and nurses also use Peripherally Inserted Central...

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Is It Normal to Get a Bruise From an IV?

By Ryan MacArthur | Most of us have experienced a bruise from bumping our leg on a table or getting hit with a ball on the shoulder. But have you ever gotten a bruise from an IV? For patients receiving IV therapy, bruising around their IV site can be scary and...

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What Does It Mean If I Have Rolling Veins?

By Heather Michon | Perhaps this has happened to you: you’re sitting there, patiently waiting for a nurse or technician to draw blood or start an IV, and they can’t quite hit the vein. They try again. And again. Then they explain that you have “rolling veins,” which...

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Help! I’m Afraid of IVs – What Should I Do?

By Sue Carrington | If getting an IV scares you, you're not alone! About one in every four Americans shares your fear. Here are six steps you can take to minimize being afraid of IVs and relax throughout the process. Talk with your medical team. Don't keep your...

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A Short History of IV Therapy

By Ryan MacArthur | IV therapy as we know it is barely a century old, but did you know that the practice of injecting fluids into a vein has been around since the 1600s? However, due to the lack of modern science and knowledge of the human body, early attempts to...

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What happens to your body during a stroke?

By Heather Michon | Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. That’s around 800,000 people per year. Sadly, 20% are fatal and the majority of victims live with some level of permanent disability. What is a stroke, exactly? Our brains need a...

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Preemies and IVs: Frequently Asked NICU IV Questions

Download the PDF | When your baby is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a dedicated medical team quickly begins a number of procedures to ensure your baby is receiving the care he or she needs. One of the procedures your preemie is likely to...

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