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Sharon Fluet
Pt Ed Materials: Any graphics available to share?
Hi, I am working on some patient education materials, and am looking for any graphics you might be willing to share....general ones, such as drawing up meds from a vial, flushing a PICC line, etc.  Or if someone could suggest a good website for medical graphics for sale that has some IV procedures.  Also, I am specifically looking for something to educate our patients about the injection cap, extension set, etc.  We have had some patients who inadvertently remove their injection caps when unscrewing the flush syringe from their PICC line.  Sometimes other patients will try to "add" an extra cap to theri injection cap with a deadender, sterile cap.  So, I am wondering if anyone out there has already developed this kind of graphic who would be willing to share it.  Any help is appreciated; always trying to NOT reinvent the wheel!
I have gotten alot of
I have gotten alot of pictures on google images
Sharon Fluet
Thanks, I will have a look
Thanks, I will have a look at that.
Just remember that images

Just remember that images you find on Google may or may not be copyrighted material. If copyrighted, you must get permission from the copyright owner to use that image. 


Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

It's very helpful if you can

It's very helpful if you can take your own real digital images; they're effective teaching tools, and you don't have to track down permissions.  Basic software for editing digital images is user friendly.

However, searching on the internet can bring you to some great sites.  Also, manufacturers are often very willing to let you use their images for product placement reasons, but your facility may have guidelines about that.

Usually it's fairly easy to track down the owners of the images on the web and get their explicit written (email is ok) permission.  I save the permission electronically, and have a file set aside with hard copies.  Many copyright holders will give permission at no cost for materials that will only be used for teaching within the organization, and won't be professionally produced or marketed.  They always appreciate that you are asking.

One site I've enjoyed getting images from (with permission) is the University of Montana Center for Biofilm Engineering. 


Mari Cordes, BS RN 

Nurse Educator IV Therapy
Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington VT
Educator, Bard Access Systems 

Mari Cordes, BS RNIII VA-BC
Vascular Access Department
University of Vermont Medical Center

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