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…

March 19 National Certified Nurses Day

Are you a certified nurse? It’s a day to recognize you and other board certified nurses in many nursing specialties.  Congratulations! Certification is a profession’s official recognition of achievement, expertise, and clinical judgment. It is a mark of excellence that requires continued learning and skill development to maintain.  I have been a “CRNI” – certified registered…

B. Cereus…. contaminated alcohol swabs, pads & swabsticks?

The FDA released this alert a few days ago: Triad Group Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs, and Alcohol Swabsticks Due to Potential Microbial Contamination What??? Are you serious? We use these products to disinfect areas such as skin, injection ports, connectors, etc… prior to injection or…

Terms of Confusion..

Over the years, I’ve noticed certain terms often misused and misunderstood by nurses which can lead to false assumptions, misinterpretations and yes, confusion.  Here’s some of those terms: Standards of Care Standards of Practice Policies and Procedures Practice Guidelines Protocols Often I hear these terms used interchangeably. To help clear up the confusion, let’s define…

Closing out 2010..

The last day of the year and yes, 2010 went by so fast.  I consider myself lucky for it was a good year f0r me 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…

Poll results: Bevel up or Bevel down when inserting IVs

A week ago, I posted a poll on my blog about inserting a peripheral IV catheter, bevel up or bevel down. Here’s the result as of 11.23.2010. The poll showed, inserting bevel up is the technique used by 92.11% of the blog readers who took the poll. It is also the common practice and the…