The 2013 INS Annual Convention and Industrial Exhibition in Charlotte is six days of powerful education sessions, three days of exhibits with industry leaders, and amazing networking opportunities. This year over 1000 infusion professionals from nearly 20 countries are scheduled to attend. The DRYPro sales team is exhibiting at booth # 222.
INS was founded in 1973 when 17 nurses and one technician, included founders Ada Plumer and Marguerite Knight, met at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland to organize a professional organization of registered nurses involved in the administration of intravenous therapy. After two days of hard work and deep discussion, they formed NITA, the National Intravenous Therapy Association. A few months later, they would hold their first Annual convention in Durham, North Carolina, with 50 nurses in attendance. By the end of the year, they counted 400 members across 40 states.
Today, INS has 7,000 infusion therapy professionals from more than 50 countries as members. There have been many advances in the specialty since 1983. Practices that were common during INS’s early days, such as glass bottles holding intravenous medications, are viewed as archaic today. It is because of this society, the volunteer leaders, and dedicated members that the infusion specialty is what it is today.