I had a pt on a shift last week who was poked 8x. The nurses would try to start the IV and every time the vien would just instantly bruise and the nurse would say "The vien just blew" Pt came back in on my last shift with the same complaints. MD ordered an IV
But I went into it thinking that I would just try once and see what happened. I put the tourny on-found lots of great "looking" viens and felt a nice fat one on the underside of her arm. I poke...get nice flash...start to advance and the vien up close to the catheter hub gets a nice little bruising around it...But the dang thing draws like a champ and flushes easily. I had my charge look at it before we put anything besides N/S in it and he said it looked great.
Any ideas on why this happened? I get the feeling that the nurses on the previous shift may have had patent IV's-but saw the bruising and d/c'd them.