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Infusions in Physician Offices

Nearly 53 million outpatient procedures are performed annually in the United States. While most of these procedures occur in hospital outpatient departments, a growing number are being done in nonhospital-based facilities such as ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices. One of these procedures include infusion therapy, the administration of fluids and medications via the venous…

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What’s up with IV 0.9% Saline Solution?

A year ago, there was a shortage of large volume (1000mL) IV solutions that included 0.9% NaCL and other IV fluids. Read my blog post here. This year isn’t any better. A new set of issues related to IV saline solution and other IV fluids have surfaced. 1. Simulated Saline IV fluids were mistakenly given…

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Q&A: Priming IV Administration Set

Q: I read your post about priming volume vs. residual volume and I have a question. We give infusions of IV meds in a physician’s office. Is it better to prime the tubing with saline or prime the tubing with drug after it is added to the IV bag? A:  First of all, thank you…

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InfusionNurse INS Podcast

Greetings my dear colleagues!! I recently recorded a short podcast with the Infusion Nurses Society and is now available on line. Hope you’ll find a few minutes to listen in. Thanks! Recommendations for Improving Safety Practices with Short Peripheral Catheters Despite the frequent use of short peripheral catheters (SPCs) in all health care settings, education…

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Life is full of risks…

…so is nursing and any nursing specialty, yet we practice our profession fearless, taking potential risks to provide care for our patients. Infusion therapy and vascular access is an area that carries a high risk for malpractice because of its invasive nature and risk for complications, .Reports of lawsuits against nurses involving short peripheral catheter…

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IV Therapy – the latest health fad?

Lately I’ve seen increasing news about IVtherapy services on several social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Look it up using the hashtag #ivtherapy. You might be surprised to find many celebrities, athletes, models, general public and advertisements talking about getting IVtherapy, not because they are ill but for “out of the box” reasons like,…