Welcome 2016!

Happy New Year to all! Now that the holidays are over, it’s time once again to look at the most read posts in 2015.  Here are the top ten.

1. “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.

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

3. “Q&A: PICC vs Midline” – how can you tell the difference if you’re not the one who inserted it?

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

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

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

7. “Vesicants: not just chemo agents” – read about non-chemo medications and solutions that have vesicant properties and may cause extravasation.

8. “Just say No”…this is about  avoiding the antecubital fossa when starting IV’s.

9. ” Bevel up or Bevel Down” – how do you insert PIV catheters?

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

It was a great and challenging year not only for this blog but for healthcare in general.  In 2015, this blog turned six (6) years old and I was very happy to have passed another milestone. Through this blog, I have met so many wonderful individuals,  learned so much from them, and very grateful for their friendship.

There have been times when I didn’t have time to write a new post and yet, my blog visitors continues to increase. I am very thankful to all of you; very grateful to many who have been regular readers, and appreciate those who have left comments.  I am truly humbled and appreciate your support.

It is my hope for 2016, that this blog will continue to provide you with valuable information regarding infusion nursing, vascular access and infusion therapy. Wishing all of you a year full of happiness, joy, wealth and good health!