IV Options for Delivering Intravenous Medications

IV Options for Delivering Intravenous Medications
lisa burks I’m happy to report that my eye muscle surgery on June 29 was a success! Both of my eyes are completely aligned. At my first post-op appointment, we discovered that I had developed a postoperative infection in my eyes. That could be due to a combination of my immune deficiency and the use of Remicade (infliximab) and steroids. A simple antibiotic course fixed me right up. Today, I'm talking about what happens when you run out of IV access points, or when your doctors want to discuss a more long-term solution. Several of the medications that treat Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are given intravenously. Over the years, my veins have become very hard to access due to lots of steroid use. Most of the time, I need central lines for surgeries. This actually happened with all three surgeries I had in June. Many times, doctors consider a more permanent option for people with harder-to-access veins who receive regular IV medication infusions. 

The 2 primary types of venous access

One type of venous access, peripheral lines, are put into small veins on the hand or arm. The line is short and ends inside those veins. One peripheral line is long enough to reach near the heart, called the peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line). The other type of venous access is called a central line. It is
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