May 6 Happy Nurses Day

Today, we celebrate National Nurses Day to honor the nurses in the United States. This day also marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. What a remarkable woman who had, in those days, such foresight and  somewhat radical views on nursing, and medical practice. It…

2016 ITSOP: Don’t miss out…

At the end of January, the snail mail delivered the eagerly awaited 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice in my mailbox!! Finally… I must admit, I don’t have all the 2011 Standards of Practice (SOP) memorized – (shocking, I know) so I just had to pull my old copy out to compare and contrast. First thing…

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…

Season’s Greetings!!

Another year is about to end.  As we celebrate the holiday season, I would like to take a moment to thank all of the followers and readers who have supported the infusionnurse blog. I am very grateful and truly appreciate your continued support. Wishing you peace, joy, and happiness during this festive season. Happy Holidays…

#1 Honest & Ethical

is how the nursing profession was ranked by the public according to the Gallup Poll. Nurses have topped Gallup’s Honesty and Ethics ranking every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. The exception is 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a one-time basis, shortly after the Sept. 11…

Q&A: IV med infiltrated

Q: I was getting Solumedrol drip and got a big goose egg where my IV needle was inserted. Will I get benefit from the drug that went into my skin? A:  Thank you for your question. There are several articles on the topic of IV infiltration, however, I didn’t find anything specific on this.  So here…