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Blood Clots and IVs: How to Prepare

Blood Clots and IVs: How to Prepare

By Heather Michon | Quick read: When we have a cut or other trauma, our platelets clump together to slow/stop the bleeding. But sometimes our platelets clump together when an injury didn’t occur, forming a blood clot. Blood clots can dissolve on their own, but some...

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What is an IV Port?

What is an IV Port?

By Ryan MacArthur | Patients who require frequent chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions, antibiotics, intravenous feedings or need to have their blood regularly drawn are prime candidates to receive a port catheter (port for short). An IV port is an IV catheter...

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How Can I Check for Proper IV Insertion?

How Can I Check for Proper IV Insertion?

By Heather Michon | Quick read: It can be hard to tell what your IV is supposed to feel like, especially if you haven’t received one before. After your IV has been placed, you shouldn’t feel much of anything at all. Pain or redness around your IV site is a sign...

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30 years of infusion safety with Paul Lee

30 years of infusion safety with Paul Lee

Paul Lee is a medical devices training manager with decades worth of experience in clinical engineering. Until August 2017, Paul has been seconded to NHS Improvement in London to work as its patient safety lead for medical devices. IV Team caught up with Paul while he...

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IV Dislodgement

IV Dislodgement

By Ryan MacArthur | IV dislodgement is one of the key contributors towards IV failure along with phlebitis, infiltration and extravasation. It’s also one of the most preventable forms of IV failure. Here is how IV dislodgement occurs, complications that can arise and...

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IVs and Chemotherapy: Knowing What to Expect

IVs and Chemotherapy: Knowing What to Expect

By Sue Carrington | Each year, an estimated 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer – the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. If you’re starting cancer treatment,  IV therapy will likely be a part of the process. IVs are used to deliver...

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The History of the IV Catheter

The History of the IV Catheter

By Heather Michon | A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that can be inserted into a body cavity to deliver or remove fluids. In intravenous infusions, the IV catheter a small tube is threaded into a vein using a needle as a guide. The tube is then connected to an...

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Explaining Hematomas

Explaining Hematomas

By Ryan MacArthur | At its most basic, a hematoma is a collection of blood that sits outside a blood vessel. During IV treatment, this can occur when blood leaks from the vessel into the surrounding soft tissue. Hematomas are typically the result of the catheter...

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