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What Happens to The IV Needle When My IV is Placed?

What Happens to The IV Needle When My IV is Placed?

By Ryan MacArthur | Although getting an IV is a fairly common procedure, one out of every four Americans has a fear of needles. While it’s safe to say most people don’t relish the chance to receive IV treatment or get a needle poke, insertion using an IV needle is a...

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Vesicants: Understanding the Uses and Risks Involved

Vesicants: Understanding the Uses and Risks Involved

By Sue Carrington | They’re big words, and they carry big concerns: “vesicants” and “extravasations.” If you’re receiving chemotherapy drugs by IV, you’ll want to make sure that you understand what both of these terms mean. Extravasation means “outside the vessel.”...

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What Happens if I’ve Had Multiple IV Failures?

What Happens if I’ve Had Multiple IV Failures?

By Heather Michon | Intravenous (IV) catheter therapies are among the most common medical procedures, with an estimated 80% of patients receiving an IV at some point during a hospital stay. Unfortunately, IVs also have a high failure rate. Most studies put the failure...

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The Causes of IV Infiltration and Extravasation Explained

The Causes of IV Infiltration and Extravasation Explained

By Ryan MacArthur | When receiving intravenous (IV) fluids or medications via a peripheral IV, it’s important to keep an eye out for common complications like IV infiltration or extravasation. Infiltration is the result of IV fluids or medications leaking into the...

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IV Patient Safety

IV Patient Safety

By Heather Michon | Every day, in hospitals and medical facilities all across the country, tens of thousands of intravenous catheters are carefully inserted into veins—arguably the most common invasive medical procedure in history. It’s so routine that we can forget...

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Learning the Benefits and Risks of IV Antibiotics

Learning the Benefits and Risks of IV Antibiotics

By Heather Michon | Quick read: Patients with bacterial infections from illnesses, cuts or routine surgeries require antibiotics to kill the bacteria. However, more severe bacterial infections may require IV antibiotics. Side effects of this treatment vary depending...

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A Step-By-Step Guide to IV Insertion for Patients

A Step-By-Step Guide to IV Insertion for Patients

By Ryan MacArthur | Intravenous (IV) insertion is a procedure where a healthcare provider places an IV line into a patient’s vein to deliver drugs, medicine or fluids. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process that most patients will experience when they receive...

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What is a Vein? Taking a Deeper Look

What is a Vein? Taking a Deeper Look

By Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: The two main layers of the skin are the epidermis and the dermis. Our body’s blood vessels are in the second layer, the dermis. This includes our veins, which have several layers that work together to keep blood circulating. Full story:...

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The Midline Catheter: Looking at the Benefits and Risks

The Midline Catheter: Looking at the Benefits and Risks

By Sue Carrington | If you’re in the hospital and need to receive IV therapy for more than five days, or if your care providers are having trouble accessing your veins, they may recommend a midline catheter for receiving IV therapy. A midline might also be the best...

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