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

Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Frontline Nursing

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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

Navigating Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Complications & Solutions

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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

Skin Integrity and Patient Skin Health in Hospital

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Whether it’s placing an IV-line, checking vitals or administering life-saving treatment: patient care begins with the skin. Preventing and saving skin from reactions, tears and antimicrobial burns is much easier than treating them, yet many healthcare professionals find themselves having to choose between compromising skin integrity and providing patients with the treatment they need. Sometimes … Read more

Skin Problems with Cancer Treatment

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Receiving a cancer diagnosis is often a life changing event. For many patients with cancer, the focus is understandably on fighting the disease, however many newly diagnosed patients aren’t aware that managing the side effects of cancer treatment can be one of the biggest challenges they face. While cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, … Read more

IV care for Kids: How to Provide Pediatric Friendly IV Care

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When a child has a medical condition that requires IV care, pediatric friendly care is vital to decrease worry, improve patient outcomes, and reduce the stress and fear of caregivers. Pediatric friendly IV care includes the language healthcare workers use to talk to kids about their vascular access treatment, as well as ensuring the highest … Read more

Caring for Post-Operative Wounds with Compassion

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Post-operative wound care starts in the operating room and continues all the way through to how patients manage their incisions at home.  From hospital to home it’s critical patients have the right incision care education and dressings to support the undisturbed healing of their post-operative wounds.  Preventing infections and finding comfort after surgery are both … Read more