In case you are the IV patient…

I have now confirmed my blog readers are not only healthcare providers but are ‘actual’ patients. I get questions/emails/comments from them and they made it known to me that they are watching and noticing what we do to their venous access!!  LOL.. So in the spirit of sharing and learning, without revealing anything about them,…

It’s that time of year….

December 25…a day to celebrate Christmas or that special holiday you celebrate! Many people are off from work taking time to celebrate with loved ones, friends, and family.  Many are working to keep us safe or away at war striving to protect our country and to care for those who are ill. That includes nurses and…

Giving thanks once again..

I must say this year really went by so fast and it’s Thanksgiving once again.  Thanksgiving Day… a day filled with turkey/stuffing, pumpkin pie, an abundance of coma inducing foods, watching the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade” on TV,  football,  annoying jokes from the in-laws and oops  don’t forget the reason for this day… being grateful, humble, and…

Just another day…

I am very grateful that we only got rain, cold temperatures and high winds where I reside, but I was closely monitoring the events in the East Coast where Hurricane Sandy was predicted to hit. The TV coverage and social media was quite extensive that unless you didn’t want to know, you wouldn’t miss anything.…

There’s so much to be thankful for….

Thanksgiving Day… a day filled with turkey/stuffing, pumpkin pie, an abundance of coma inducing foods, watching the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade” on TV,  football,  and annoying jokes from the in-laws!! Yes, those are the extras…..for this day is truly for being grateful and humble for what we have. Sometimes many of us forget to give thanks…

“Single Use” Only = Safe Injection Practices

Last February 2010, I wrote a blog when I observed some nurses re-using syringes. I couldn’t believe that a nurse would actually re-use a syringe but it happened and I was there to see it.  Here’s my blog post in case you missed it…“Single Use Only” I wanted to believe that it was an isolated…

No joke…2011 CDC Guidelines is now available…

The long awaited update to the 2002 CDC Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter -Related Infections was released today April 1 by the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). The 2011 guidelines  outline steps to eliminate bloodstream infections in patients with intravenous catheters, which…