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IV Infiltration

IV Infiltration

By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read: A common complication of IV therapy is IV infiltration, when fluid leaks out of the vein into surrounding soft tissue. This form of IV failure can be caused in a few different ways. Common symptoms include inflammation, tightness or...

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How to Prevent Negative Medication Interactions

How to Prevent Negative Medication Interactions

By: Heather Michon | Quick read: With more Americans taking multiple prescription drugs, it’s important to keep in mind the potential risks for negative interactions of different medications. Always be sure to let your medical team know what medications you’re on and...

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How can we overcome needle phobia?

How can we overcome needle phobia?

Read the Original Veinplicity Article Here. | Consider two of the most frequently heard phrases in healthcare: “I’m going to draw a little blood” and “Let’s start your IV therapy.” They’re spoken by nurses every day, in every language. But for many patients, they...

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Patient Spotlight: Jillian the Phlebotomist

Patient Spotlight: Jillian the Phlebotomist

By Heather Michon | Jillian knows a thing or two about needles and veins. She’s a certified phlebotomist, trained to draw blood. She’s been on the receiving end of an IV more than once in her life: childbirth, medical procedures, and even routine exams. So when a bad...

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Natural Disasters and IVs: What You Need to Know to Prepare

Natural Disasters and IVs: What You Need to Know to Prepare

By: Heather Michon | Quick read: Since about half of modern IVs run using electric pumps, it’s important to prepare a backup plan in the wake of natural disasters. Patients who use medical devices like IVs in their home are encouraged to use the FDA’s guidance on...

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What is Necrosis?

What is Necrosis?

By: Ryan MacArthur | Quick read:  Necrosis is one of the most dangerous complications that can come from IV therapy. It occurs when the body's cells die, releasing a chemical substance that also kills the surrounding cells. This cycle can begin when IV failure results...

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IVs and Pregnancy: Can it Harm My Baby?

IVs and Pregnancy: Can it Harm My Baby?

By Heather Michon | Intravenous (IV) therapies are a common part of modern pregnancy, but as with everything you put in your body during those nine months, you may wonder: Will an IV harm my baby? The best evidence seems to be no, an IV poses no significant risk to...

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Seniors and IVs: Reducing the Risks

Seniors and IVs: Reducing the Risks

By Sue Carrington | Recently, I shepherded my 92-year-old father through heart surgery at a leading medical center. He got through the surgery fine; the difficulties came before the operation. Dad’s care team struggled to find the best entry points for his IVs – and...

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