Hi, I'm a new nurse and have been having trouble starting IVs. I have no problem getting a flashback of blood, but it seems like I bust the vein every time I attempt to advance the catheter. I always feel like I have to force the catheter in as it doesn't slide easily and it is so awkward for me. Can anyone give me some advice as to what I may be doing wrong as I'm advancing?
Mar 26, '12
Don't tie the tourniquet too tight. The vein can over distend and then blow.
Last edit by OnePICCchick on Mar 26, '12
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