So much to be Thankful for!!

So true, and as the author of this blog, I would like to  thank each of you for reading and supporting this blog. I hope I have provided you with good, relevant and practical information you can use in your daily practice. Thank you to each of you for your comments and posts. I am…

Infusion Nursing Roundtable

I recently had the honor of participating in the RNFM Radio Infusion Nursing Roundtable with my colleagues, Ann Earhart, current INS president; Jim Lacy, current AVA president; and Sharon Weinstein, a past president of INS and past Chair of Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC). For nurses interested in this growing area of specialty practice, this…

Positively bloody!

….as in  positive blood return when aspirating from central venous catheters (CVC).  Positive blood return means a free flowing blood return easily obtained on aspiration, and the color of whole blood. In other words, bloody RED, not pink-tinged. What a great feeling, knowing that the CVC is properly functioning and ready to use. NOT able to…

What? Seriously?

I’ve had conversations with several RN colleagues that left me saying, are you serious? I hesitated writing about this but I thought I’d share so we can all learn and avoid doing the same. 1. Whatever happened to those “multi-use” syringes? That’s crazy that I can’t reuse syringes when I’m just drawing up medication for…

NIOSH 2014 List of Antineoplastic & Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings

This is an updated version of  the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) hazardous drugs list. So what’s new in this current update? The text for the update to the 2014 list was updated and expanded to reflect the complexity of safe handling issues that have arisen over the past few years.  This…