New Guidelines Improve Safety and Effectiveness of IVs for Hospital Patients

By Jason M Carlton

More than a billion times a year, doctors and nurses insert tiny tubes into the veins of American hospital patients so they can deliver lifesaving medicine, give fluids and nutrition, monitor key vital signs, and help patients with conditions ranging from cancer and pain to kidney failure and serious infections.

But these tiny tubes carry risks, as well as benefits. They reach deep into the bloodstream, t providing a gateway for microbes and a place for life-threatening blood clots to form. Despite their widespread use, no clear guidelines exist to help clinicians know the best device for each individual patient’s needs, or devices to avoid at all costs. 

Until now.

Sleeping to Improve Your Health

By Nicholas Dragon


For some people it’s a fleeting requirement of daily living that often interferes with an ambitious lifestyle. For others, it’s frequently interrupted by a toddler or snoring spouse. For all of us, sleep is something that’s very important to our health. Americans average about 6.8 hours of sleep per night, which many experts consider to be too little shut eye.