BOSTON—The national discourse on cancer screening has come a long way since 1988, when Ronald Reagan became the first president to say “breast cancer” in public, noted Alec Stone, MA, MPA, Health Policy Director, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). In 2009, after the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended mammography screening every 2 years instead of annually, beginning at 50 years of age instead of 40, the public outcry was widespread and loud. Controversy has also been swirling about prostate cancer screening recommendations.
Extravasation is always a risk when administering medicines intravenously. This is when the infused drug infiltrates the tissue surrounding the injection site. The resulting injury can range from mild to lifethreatening, depending on whether the drug involved is classified as an irritant or a vesicant.
The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) defines a vesicant as “an agent capable of causing injury when it escapes from the intended vascular pathway into the surrounding tissue.”1
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