2013…Happy New Year

As I have done in the past years, I’d like to share the top ten most read blog post in 2012.

1.“Just say No”…the most read post of the year and has been the most read blog since 2009. This is about  avoiding the antecubital fossa when starting IV’s.

2. “Is there a difference? Osmolarity vs. Osmolality” – These terms have always been confusing. In infusion therapy, particularly with Fluids and Electrolytes and IV solutions, these two terms certainly have  important roles and understanding each term will be helpful to us.

3. “The Phlebitis Scale does mean something..” – A blog about the two phlebitis scales nurses can use to assess the degree and severity of phlebitis.

4.  “Calculating and counting drops”  – do you still remember how to calculate and regulate IV drip by gravity? If you have forgotten, read this blog.

5.  “Infusion by Gravity Drip” – my blog on calculating IV rates for gravity drip..do you remember how?

6. “Nurses + Artificial Nails = Bacteria” – my blog about artificial nails and the potential danger for our patients.

7.  “Nurse…my IV hurts!!” – a blog about a legal case when a patient complaint about their IV site was ignored.

8. “Wearing gloves…is NOT optional” – a post about wearing gloves when starting an IV…yes, you should wear gloves!!

9.  “Phlebitis, the sequel” – a post about using the Phlebitis scale

10. “Where’s the IV site?” – a blog about documentation of IV sites.


2012 was a good year professionally and an equally good year for this blog as well. Through this blog, I have met so many wonderful individuals,  learned so much from them, and very grateful for their friendship. In 2012, this blog turned three years old and I was very happy to have passed another milestone.  I am very thankful to all of my blog visitors, very grateful to many of you who have been regular readers, and appreciate those who have left comments.  I am truly humbled and appreciate your support.  It is my hope that this blog continues to provide you with valuable information regarding infusion nursing, vascular access and infusion therapy.


Happy New Year to all!!! May 2013 bring lots of luck, happiness, joy, wealth, good health, and more blog posts!! Cheers!!

2 thoughts on “2013…Happy New Year

  1. What is the procedure in your facility for IV infusion during an MRI procedure especially on patients with critical drips? I’m not sure the best solution is running long extension tubing outside of the room to the pump. Other than a waste of meds……is there any other reason against using multiple extension sets?

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