I was trying to find a website that listed (or better, had sketches) of acceptable peripheral IV insertion sites, but I haven't had any luck. If anyone knows of one, I would really appreciate the link. Thanks!
Apr 4, '07
I'm sorry, I know the OP was written vaguely, I was just trying to follow the rules and not ask advice, rather ask for resources where I could find the info. I haven't worked with IVs in years, so I just didn't remember where the most optimal sites are and where there (if there) are no-no's. After a recent ER trip, a friend showed me her wrist (NOT the area proximal to the thumb...this was more directly in the interior of the forearm but very close to the wrist, before the vein branches). They ran almost a L with the meds...I was suprised, because I thought that was an unusual location for an IV. A vein so small and proximal to the skin. Yes, she's pretty sore. no infiltrate...just bruised, a bit swollen and sore.
Thanks for responding!
Last edit by javanurse2000 on Apr 4, '07
: Reason: grammar
I put 'em where I find 'em
My sites of choice are the dorsal and ventral forearms (the poor basilic vein is often overlooked/ignored)
Dorsal wrists thumbs next.
Ante-cubes are next in line (unless it's ED/ER - there is a reason they start AC first)
After that, it's literally a free for all :uhoh21:
Last edit by Roy Fokker on Apr 5, '07