Where do you prefer an IV?

  1. 0 This thought was triggered by the IV size discussion at http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...iv-836846.html

    If you are a patient, where would you prefer an IV to be placed? Personally, I can keep my arm straight if it's my off side, and I am not a fan of hand vein IVs for myself, so an AC for me please.
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  3. Visit  klone profile page
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    anything BUT AC.
    Sammie7, RNnbakes, Meriwhen, and 7 others like this.
  4. Visit  NurseOnAMotorcycle profile page
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    Quote from klone
    anything BUT AC.
    Ha ha!
  5. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    As long as it doesn't cross a joint line so it can't be kinked simply by bending that joint. I'd rather not have the IV pump beeping at me because I chose to bend an arm or a wrist.
    Savvy20RN and carolinapooh like this.
  6. Visit  ScottE profile page
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    Forearm ideally. The AC is just a terrible place to have an IV, and having one placed in the hand typically hurts like hell.
    Sammie7, jrbl77, pecanpies, and 5 others like this.
  7. Visit  CodeteamB profile page
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    I prefer forearm. That way I can still wash my hands properly and use my arm, and that is usually my first choice for a poke. That being said I would rather the nurse pick a site he or she is comfortable with and will succeed on the first try, and if an AC IV is the price I pay for one poke so be it!
    VivaLasViejas and klone like this.
  8. Visit  Sun0408 profile page
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    Any place but the AC, drives me crazy with the beeping...
  9. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Medi-port.
    Sammie7, R!XTER, jrbl77, and 7 others like this.
  10. Visit  PediLove2147 profile page
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    I had an IV in my hand and I hated it. The AC seems annoying so I would go forearm.
  11. Visit  dandk1997RN profile page
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    Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycle
    This thought was triggered by the IV size discussion at http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...iv-836846.html

    If you are a patient, where would you prefer an IV to be placed? Personally, I can keep my arm straight if it's my off side, and I am not a fan of hand vein IVs for myself, so an AC for me please.
    The only time I've ever had an IV was for a lap chole. It was in my AC. I sleep with my arms bent up above my shoulders. In my zonked state in the PACU, I was ticked off because I couldn't put my arms up this way because of the IV in my LAC and the BP cuff on my RUE. For myself (and my patients) I prefer the forearm when possible.
  12. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    Forearm. Although depending on your facility policy, sometimes for surgical patients the preferred place is the hand.
  13. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    AC sucks. I had an iv in the AC of my dominant arm and couldn't bend that arm even slightly without pain. I was being admitted for observation and begged my nurse to put one in somewhere else and bless her, she did. Forearm is great, hand is fine. Had one of the dorsal side of my wrist that was uncomfortable, but AC is the worst.
  14. Visit  berk15 profile page
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    Anywhere but my hand!

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