#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – I is for IV Therapy

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….


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I’m afraid I’m going to have to keep this post short (lots to do and running behind schedule).
Trying to locate information on the IV Therapy and the history thereof as it relates to the History of Paramedicine has proven to be unsuccessful.  I did however learn a few interesting facts.
  • The concept of IV Therapy and the knowledge that medicines could be injected  has been around since the mid 1600’s.  However early attempts to do so were largely unsuccessful (due to lack of scientific. methods).
  • The First syringe fine enough to pierce the skin was developed by Charles Gabriel Pravaz and Alexander Wood in 1853.
  • Early Syringes were usually made of steel.
  • The first “plastic needles” were developed in the 1950’s – spurned by the increasing knowledge of the dangers of cross-contamination and the need for a more disposable needle.
Quick Author Note:  Though there was already a move to change this practice, as late as the  late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s it was not uncommon for Paramedics to recap IV needles by placing the cap on a flat surface and scooping said cap up with the needle (something I myself saw done in several instances)…  Nowadays this practice is widely frowned upon and Disposable Needle containers are standard on pretty much every ambulance, negating the need to recap needles.
Once again I am having to skip out on the list of 5 blogs to follow that I (should be) adding.  You can click HERE to check out the list of blogs signed up for the  A-to-Z Challenge.

4 thoughts on “#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – I is for IV Therapy

  1. I can’t imagine using a steel syringe! I too remember the recapping days and glad to see that there are disposable containers more readily available. Loving your A to Z theme!


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