Gloves…

Yeah, this post is about gloves. I’m going to revisit this…not wearing gloves when starting a peripheral IV.. Then there’s the extreme, when healthcare providers wear gloves for everything like taking your blood pressure and temperature!! (save this for another time) We should all know about Universal Precautions, right? It has been around since 1983,…

Weight for weight based drugs

Here’s a conversation I’ve had with an RN preparing to give a weight based medication via a peripheral IV:  I don’t weigh the patient each time they come in for an infusion. I only weigh them at the beginning of their treatment to get a baseline weight. Why should I weigh them again, they can…

Q&A: Treatment Orders for Infusion Therapy

Q: I am a registered nurse working in a physician owned infusion center. We work very closely with the physician and if the patient needs IV therapy, the doctor tells me what IV and meds to give, then I start the infusion, He writes what he wants given in his progress notes. Is there a…

InfusionNurse INS Podcast

Greetings my dear colleagues!! I recently recorded a short podcast with the Infusion Nurses Society and is now available on line. Hope you’ll find a few minutes to listen in. Thanks! Recommendations for Improving Safety Practices with Short Peripheral Catheters Despite the frequent use of short peripheral catheters (SPCs) in all health care settings, education…

Vesicants and Extravasation

These two terms defined by the Infusion Nurses Society means: Vesicant – an agent capable of causing blistering, tissue sloughing or necrosis when it escapes from the intended vascular pathway into surrounding tissue. Extravasation – the inadvertent infiltration of vesicant solution or medication into surrounding tissue. There are several chemotherapeutic agents with vesicant properties, and…