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Time for a Change: The Case for Changing Peripheral IV Catheters When Clinically Indicated

Time for a Change: The Case for Changing Peripheral IV Catheters When Clinically Indicated

In recent years, many clinical studies have been performed to compare outcomes of PIVCs that were changed routinely against those that were only changed when clinically indicated (presence of a complication, infection, device malfunction, etc.). With over 300 million PIVCs sold in the US every year, the economic and clinical outcomes of such a policy change could be vast (2). 

Are Nurses Caring for Themselves?  Impact and Outcomes of the 12-hour Shift

Are Nurses Caring for Themselves?  Impact and Outcomes of the 12-hour Shift

The average day shift nurse will walk 4-5 miles, burning over 1,400 calories in a 12-hour shift. To put it in perspective, restaurant servers walk 4 miles, custodians walk 5.2 miles, and retail floor staff walk 3 miles per shift. One might think that with all the walking that nurses do, they must be generally healthy; think again. Multiple studies have found that ~54% of nurses are either overweight or obese, those nurses citing job stress and poor sleep from long, irregular work hours as the cause.