Infusion Therapy

Advances in blood transfusion

Ongoing research, development, and vigilance initiatives are designed to make blood components safer and more easily available.

Alaris Pump Module recall

CareFusion has recalled Alaris Pump Module, Models 8100 because of possible dysfunctions that could lead to pump stoppage. Read more.

Blood-borne pathogen exposure injuries

Healthcare workers are exposed to blood-borne pathogens through contaminated needlesticks, sharps injuries, and mucous membrane exposures to infectious blood or…

Calculating I.V. drip rates with confidence

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the equation you learned for calculating I.V. drip rates? This article presents a simplified equation that can make calculations quicker and easier – whether the medication order is written for mcg/kg/minute, mcg/minute, or mg/minute.

Calculating I.V. drip rates with confidence

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the equation you learned for calculating I.V. drip rates? This article presents a simplified equation that can make calculations quicker and easier – whether the medication order is written for mcg/kg/minute, mcg/minute, or mg/minute.

Do you know the schedule for vaccinating children?

Learn how to promote pediatric immunizations in your practice. Part of ANA’s Bringing Immunity to Every Community campaign. this handout stresses the importance of vaccinating children and their caregivers, parents, and siblings.

Drugs and Devices Today

2/11/10 Recall of AEDs On February 3, Cardiac Science Corporation issued a recall for about 12,200 automated external defibrillators because…

Engage Introducer recalled

On Aug. 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of 6 French Engage Introducers manufactured between…

Hospira infusers recalled

On Sept. 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of the Hospira Symbiq One-Channel and Two-Channel Infusers…

I-Flow ON-Q Pump recall

I-Flow has recalled its ON-Q Pump with ONDEMAND Bolus Button because the button may not lock down. Read more.

Infusion pump resource from FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has devoted a section of its website to infusion pump safety. It includes a…

New vial labeling standards released

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has announced new standardized labeling requirements for injectable medication vials. Manufacturers can only put cautionary statements…

PA catheter controversy

Standard of care in the ICU – or object of overuse, abuse, and misuse? The authors explain why they believe PA catheter use may harm more critically ill patients than it helps.

Putting the breaks on pulmonary edema

I.V. fluids should help a dehydrated patient, but for one with a history of atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease, they could contribute to pulmonary edema. For Grace Johnson, quick assessment and action staved off a poor outcome.

Safe sharps disposal in the home

Safe sharps disposal in the home

Nurses can easily dispose of sharps in the hospital, but it’s not so easy for patients at home. Learn how you can educate patients to keep them safe and the environment healthy.

Study: Disinfecting caps reduce CLABSI rates

Using a disinfection cap (with isopropyl alcohol) on central line catheters significantly reduced central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates, according…
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Take Note – November 2006

American Diabetes Association releases food guidelines for specific medical categories “When you’re talking about diabetes, there is no ‘one size…

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