Does anyone actively practice this or come across this in their ERs?
A couple weeks ago I had a treat and release patient who didn't need a line... the doctor ordered IV toradol and I clarified the order with him. "He doesn't have a line, I can start one. Did you want it IV or IM?"
His reply, "You can just butterfly it in or give it IM if you want."
I was completely confused because I had never even heard of this... this isn't the nicest doc, so I just gave it IM to save myself the embarrassment. So of course I googled it. I never learned about this method of med admin in nursing school
nor have I ever seen it used. I'm guessing because a good portion of our patients have lines or just get PO/IM if it's a simple treat/release kind of thing.
Does anyone actually do this?
The only butterflies we have are the ones with the vacutainer... do you just use this with a flush and syringe instead? Is this outdated or just a rare technique?
Not sure if I'll ever end up using this method, but for curiosity sake. Sorry if this is a stupid question!