The MAGIC – Guide for PICC Use

MAGIC – stands for Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous Catheters. This guide (Table 2)  was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, September 15, 2015. See reference below. Appropriate indications for PICC use 1. Delivery of peripherally compatible infusates when the proposed duration of such use is ≥6 d* 2. Delivery of non–peripherally compatible infusates (e.g.,…

Positively bloody!

….as in  positive blood return when aspirating from central venous catheters (CVC).  Positive blood return means a free flowing blood return easily obtained on aspiration, and the color of whole blood. In other words, bloody RED, not pink-tinged. What a great feeling, knowing that the CVC is properly functioning and ready to use. NOT able to…

NIOSH 2014 List of Antineoplastic & Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings

This is an updated version of  the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) hazardous drugs list. So what’s new in this current update? The text for the update to the 2014 list was updated and expanded to reflect the complexity of safe handling issues that have arisen over the past few years.  This…