What is a Child Life Specialist?

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What is a Child Life Specialist? Going to the hospital can be an anxiety-inducing and confusing experience for children.  Poked and prodded, getting imaging scans, surgery, or other medical procedures leads to fear, stress, and emotional outbursts. It also makes parents feel overwhelmed when navigating the healthcare system with their sick child. That’s why child … Read more

Medical Play: Reducing fear and improving outcomes for children facing medical procedures

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In the world of pediatric healthcare, one approach to care stands out – not just for its simplicity, but for its profound impact: medical play.  Medical play isn’t just child’s play. It’s a therapeutic strategy designed to gently guide children through the complexities of their medical experiences. Medical play is a powerful vehicle for clarity … Read more

NICU Awareness Month and Advocacy for Compassionate Care

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Despite the number of babies and families who spend their time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), NICU awareness remains fairly low. This makes initiatives like NICU Awareness Month all the more essential. The NICU is a special place, filled with tiny toes, flashing lights, beeping alarms and quiet whispers.  It’s a place for … Read more

IV Line Gross Contamination: How to Protect Patients

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Peripheral intravenous catheters, more commonly known as IV lines, serve as crucial lifelines for administering medicine and fluids directly into our bloodstream.  Yet, this direct access can paradoxically offer an unwelcome pathway for infections, leading to potential complications ranging from delayed healing and extended hospital stays to escalating medical bills, and in severe cases, life-threatening … Read more

Gentle Care in IV Nutrition Therapy: Why It’s Essential

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Every day, tens of thousands of Americans courageously navigate life tethered to intravenous nutrition therapy (IVNT), a critical lifeline to their health and vitality.  These patients, grappling with certain health conditions, depend on this prescribed medical treatment to receive their vital nutrition. Most often, nutrient-rich infusions are delivered through specialized IV catheters placed in their … Read more

What Frontline Nurses Need to Know about Compassion Fatigue

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Frontline nurses may be at higher risk of burnout and compassion fatigue if they have compassionate personalities. Yet, we rely on compassionate personalities to improve patient outcomes, reduce patients’ stress and anxiety, and navigate difficult relationships with patients’ families.  Compassion is actually a health benefit to medical professionals and patients alike.  So, what can be … Read more

How to Make Getting an IV Less Painful

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Getting an IV should be a minor procedure – not a major moment that causes pain and discomfort.  However, for many patients, even the thought of getting an IV can bring about feelings of apprehension and discomfort. For children, getting an IV can be both intimidating and frightening.  IV lines are used all over the … Read more

How to Prevent Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Complications

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Did you know that over a billion intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are inserted annually worldwide?  These commonly used medical devices play a crucial role in delivering essential treatments. PIVCs are an invasive medical device inserted into patients’ veins on a daily basis to administer medicine, antibiotics, blood products, and other medical fluids.  Yet while PIVCs are … Read more